Pret A Manger has confirmed that it is pulling out of Japan, 18 months after entering the market. The company has closed the last of its stores in the country, where, at its peak, it had 14 sites. Pret had planned to have an 80-strong estate by the end of this year. The decision came after the group failed to find an investor to replace McDonald’s Japan, which withdrew its 50% stake in the chain at the end of last year Clive Schlee, the chief executive of Pret A Manger, said it was possible to succeed in Japan "if you go in with care and you learn as you go carefully. The Japanese people understand good food better than anyone in the world. We possibly went in too quickly." The outlets initially offered food such as miso pork wraps and potato and bean baguettes, tailored to the Japanese palate. These were replaced with more traditional Pret offerings suited to the tastes of the expats who more commonly.