Pret a Manger has opened its first shop in India today (21 April) with franchise partner Reliance Brands Limited (RBL).

The food-to-go chain has opened in Mumbai’s financial district, the first of further openings planned across the country later this year following Pret’s announcement of the partnership with RBL last year.

The inaugural Mumbai site is a recreation of Pret’s London shops, with a large dining space spread across 2,657 sq ft.

It offers a range of sandwiches, baguettes, salads, soups, and baked goods, plus organic coffee, tea, shakes, and smoothies. The food will be prepared in Pret’s onsite kitchen daily.

Pano Christou, CEO of Pret A Manger, said: “We have been working closely with the RBL team to create an offer for Indian consumers that reflects the Pret brand, while also adapting to local preferences and food habits. People will recognize some of our freshly prepared lunch-time classics, our delicious croissants and 100% organic Arabica coffee.

“Coming to India has been a goal of ours for a long time, and the opening of our first shop in Mumbai is a landmark moment in our international expansion plans. We’re confident that with the support of RBL, the Pret brand will be a hit with consumers in India, and a welcome addition to the country’s growing food-to-go market.”

Darshan Mehta, MD, RBL, said: “We are thrilled to be opening the first Pret A Manger shop in India. Freshness of ingredients, authenticity of recipes, and a curiosity in processes defines the new Indian consumer. Our partnership with Pret A Manger aims to tap into this curiosity with an offering that we can proudly say - ensures traceability of coffee beans as much as a zero additive approach to food.

“With a commitment to provide fresh, clean and sustainable offerings, customers in India can now enjoy the same exceptional food that has made Pret A Manger a beloved and successful chain around the world.”