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Pret A Manger coming to East Dulwich! (Now open)

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KateFord
Posts: 193
Joined: 07 Aug 2010, 15:20

The Pret is going to be opposite East Dulwich Station on Grove Vale, occupying the old William Hill premises. Looks like they are hiring.
geebee
Posts: 135
Joined: 14 Jul 2015, 11:35

Great, yet another chain cafe....ED has lost its character
DuncanW
Posts: 752
Joined: 10 Oct 2012, 17:43

You preferred the William Hill?
JohnL
Posts: 8487
Joined: 09 Feb 2008, 10:24

Pret are moving out of Central London into the more central residential areas as people work from home I heard.

They gave me free coffee after free coffee when I worked in holborn :)
jazzer
Posts: 605
Joined: 31 Oct 2020, 11:50

Other local businesses may benefit from the additional footfall
goldilocks
Posts: 1051
Joined: 06 Mar 2010, 19:35

Its a huge unit and the advertised rent meant that it was hard to see what would go in there. I'm a bit disappointed its a pret, just because its not very interesting. I do have some concerns about the impact on places like poached / blackbird etc especially if people subscribe to the coffee monthly fee option but on the other hand, its not really a sit in brunch option so hopefully sufficiently different. That said, its a huge improvement on a) an empty unit and b) a betting shop.
KateFord
Posts: 193
Joined: 07 Aug 2010, 15:20

Another pic so you see it?s next to Shaun?s DIY shop. I was always a fan of their pastries so have to admit I?m quite excited as I?ve missed them during the pandemic. :)
hammerman
Posts: 1049
Joined: 23 Sep 2013, 22:27

Strange place for a Pret A Manger, but they always seems to pop up where an M&S local has opened. It's across the road from the train station so they might have people pop inside for a quick sandwich that can easily be made when you get home!
CPR Dave
Posts: 229
Joined: 20 Apr 2021, 09:03

I guess they'll pick up trade from people arriving at the station as commuters (nannies, teachers, shop assistants, local GPs, business owners etc.) as well as people who've got to catch a train and want a coffee but think the queues in the artisan coffee shops near the station are too long.
missse22
Posts: 970
Joined: 31 Jan 2010, 18:58

Much prefer a Pret over a William Hill!!!
heartblock
Posts: 1461
Joined: 03 Jul 2015, 12:00

I would prefer an independent- but I think it will serve the train commuter crowd. Watch out for those 'healthy sandwiches' they are full of fat! yummy but high calorie.
goldilocks
Posts: 1051
Joined: 06 Mar 2010, 19:35

There are also loads of staff from Charter and Goose Green schools who buy lunch in M&S so will give them another option of somewhere to grab a sandwich to go - it definitely aligns with Pret's new business model of moving out to areas where people will be working from home in the hope that they'll still pop out for a sandwich at lunch. For me one of the main things about working from home is that I don't have to buy lunch at Pret or similar, but sure it will get enough footfall.
Waseley
Posts: 242
Joined: 19 Jan 2022, 21:54

I used to work near the original one in Victoria, nice and quirky. It stunned me in recent years how much colleagues used the local branch, some two or three times a day. We had many great independent bcafes in the area; virtually the only time I use them is at airports being much better value than most other outlets. Perhaps someone can explain the Pavlov's dog response by many to Pret
TWB
Posts: 43
Joined: 08 Jun 2021, 16:58

I always liked Pret when I worked in Covent Garden. They have a nice selection of food & soups to-go,
which isn't something you can so easily find around here {if it even exists at all}.
hammerman
Posts: 1049
Joined: 23 Sep 2013, 22:27

All of the Pret a Manger stuff and M&S stuff can be made at a fraction of the price at home. I can't understand why people would want to buy their lunch at these places. A cheese/ham roll is what I would make up to take to work in the late 70s/80s/90s!
TWB
Posts: 43
Joined: 08 Jun 2021, 16:58

It's convenient for people like me, who literally has no time on their hands. I work from 6am - 10pm.
Callie
Posts: 1529
Joined: 28 Oct 2008, 07:59

TWB Wrote:
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> It's convenient for people like me, who literally
> has no time on their hands. I work from 6am -
> 10pm.


Yes I agree, I?m happy to hear we are getting a Pret 🙂
DulwichFox
Posts: 10587
Joined: 11 Jul 2010, 18:12

I have survived 42 years without a Pret A Manger in East Dulwich..
38 years since they first opened elsewhere..

DulwichFox
precious star
Posts: 60
Joined: 19 Sep 2014, 12:39

I have always liked pret a manger. It's been ethical and forward thinking way before many other food places. I always saw their vans at night at Westend donating their unsold food to homeless and other charities, unlike other supermarkets and shops.
Spartacus
Posts: 1922
Joined: 12 May 2008, 17:54

DulwichFox Wrote:
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> I have survived 42 years without a Pret A Manger
> in East Dulwich..
> 38 years since they first opened elsewhere..
>
> DulwichFox

Foxy, get down wiv da kids and eat their hip trendy food 🤩
Sue
Posts: 23497
Joined: 04 Dec 2006, 20:18

precious star Wrote:
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> I have always liked pret a manger. It's been
> ethical and forward thinking way before many other
> food places. I always saw their vans at night at
> Westend donating their unsold food to homeless and
> other charities, unlike other supermarkets and
> shops.


I like Pret too. Rarely go there now I'm retired, though.
womanofdulwich
Posts: 4507
Joined: 05 Oct 2008, 14:48

What about their flapjacks. 😀
SpringTime
Posts: 2663
Joined: 27 Mar 2013, 12:07

Pret is a great place. Especially for the undead.
SpringTime
Posts: 2663
Joined: 27 Mar 2013, 12:07

SpringTime Wrote:
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> Pret is a great place. Especially for the undead.


A bit like Sainsbury's
JohnL
Posts: 8487
Joined: 09 Feb 2008, 10:24

The Pret I went to the staff used to wear the flag of their place of birth on their uniform.

I liked the colour - but I admit there weren't many union jacks LOL
Bony Fido
Posts: 188
Joined: 16 Feb 2007, 21:58

Facetious comment : I didn't realise Shaun's did pastries...
Bony Fido
Posts: 188
Joined: 16 Feb 2007, 21:58

Agreed.
Lebanums
Posts: 162
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 12:06

I love Pret over any of the others. They also support the homeless and give away any unsold food to shelters.

Bring on the ginger shots!
OutOfFocus
Posts: 3827
Joined: 20 Nov 2006, 20:32

Anyone know when
Sue__Dulwich
Posts: 12
Joined: 20 Apr 2022, 14:49

Better than William Hill
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