The first Pret A Manger store will open in Dublin next week.

Pret A Manger, a well-known British chain of delicatessens and cafes, will open its first store in Dublin next week.

The store will be located on Dawson Street in downtown south and will employ 25 people when it opens on Friday.

It will be the first of 20 new stores the chain plans to open on the island of Ireland over the next decade.

The announcement of the expansion, which will create a total of 500 jobs, was made last April.

“Opening our first store in the Republic of Ireland on one of Dublin’s most historic streets is an exciting time for us,” said Guy Meakin, Acting Managing Director for UK & Ireland. at Pret A Manger.

“For years we’ve had fans in Ireland hoping for a Loan in their home country, so we’re delighted to finally be able to make it happen.”

The outlets in the Republic and Northern Ireland will be rolled out by Carebrook Partnership Limited under a franchise agreement.

Carebrook is majority owned by British and American food industry veteran, Gerard Loughran, who grew up in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Ray McNamara from Dublin, who has 25 years experience in the Irish food industry and owns Ann’s Bakery, is also a minority shareholder.

Carebrook Partnership Ltd has worked with Pret for three decades and operates many of its stores in London, where it is common on the city center streets.

“Having grown up in Tipperary, I am delighted to bring Pret to the Republic of Ireland with the opening of our first store in Dublin,” said Mr Loughran, CEO of Carebrook.

“We’ve worked hard to ensure we deliver the ultimate Pret experience on Dawson Street, and it’s been fantastic to see this all come together.”

The chain has also struck a deal with Depaul Ireland which will see excess food donated to the charity at the end of each day.

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