Hull shoppers have given a mixed reaction to Pret A Manger joining Hull City centre, writes Rebecca Siddall…
The healthy fast food chain could soon be bringing the people of Hull its menu of freshly prepared food and organic coffee.
The company has submitted an application to Hull City Council to open their store in the vacant building on the edge of King Edward Street, which was formerly Starbucks.
The opening of the store would create 20 jobs, 17 full-time vacancies and three part time.
The shop would be located over two floors, the basement and ground level have seating for 140 people. Pret is known for its healthy attitude on ‘fast food’ and would sell a variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps, baguettes and toasties, alongside sweet treats and organic hot drinks and smoothies.
Residents of Hull have had mixed opinions on the matter, stating it could affect smaller independent businesses.
Facebook User, Debbie Kingston said: “This is yet another kick in the teeth for Savile Street with its two independent sandwich shops! A year of orange barriers, stopping the paving at the entrance and now a new chain plonked right at the entrance! Sad to see people getting excited about Pret when these two independent businesses are both selling ‘proper homemade food’.”
Whereas others have embraced the idea of a new retailer in Hull “This shows the city continues to move with the times.”
The company said: “It is expected that the store could accommodate approximately 140 people in total across the basement and ground floors, with an indicative split of 72 people across the basement and 68 people across the ground floor. This configuration is indicative, subject to final fit out design.”
Elise Pell, 21, Student in Hull.
“I can’t say I visit Hull city centre much as most of the units are closed and its so empty. Pret would be a positive thing for Hull city centre, creating jobs and interest to the city.”
Lucy Holt, 22, Graduate from Hull.
“Pret getting bad press for coming to hull is a shame. I think it would create more jobs and Hull needs more stores, by a Pret opening it would be a positive spiral upwards as it would create and attract more investment and benefits for everyone.”
The store would be open 7am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sundays.
Gregg’s had previously submitted a planning application for the space but withdrew in July of last year due to planning officers stating the proposals were not in accordance with the Hull Local Plan.
The application is expected to be discussed by Hull City councillors at their next planning meeting later this month.