Jul 252012
 
Pret A Manger

On the first floor of the new State Street Target

The new Target on State Street will have its grand opening on July 29, which is exciting news for those seeking new options for retail therapy. Perhaps more exciting from a foodie perspective is the Pret A Manger that opens on the same day. I’ve been a Pret fan for a while, so they invited me to the media preview of the new shop, located on the SW corner of the first floor. Both Target and Pret have done a lot with the space, and I was happy to see the formerly gloomy Carson’s transformed. The original columns & capitals are still in place and look amazing.

Martin Bates

Martin Bates talks Pret in Target

The charming Martin Bates, president of Pret A Manger US, was on hand to answer questions about the new Pret A Manger. He didn’t drift off point, so I’ll include the official quote rather than try to paraphrase: “Both Pret and Target customers seek out value, convenience and quality, so this partnership reflects a strong synergy between the two brands,” says Bates. “Target has established itself as a well-loved and trusted brand across America, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with such a highly revered company and help make the launch of the Chicago CityTargetlocation something extra special. We look forward to bringing our fresh, hand-made food to Target shoppers.”

Made Today Gone Today

Made Today, Gone Today — to either happy diners or to charity.

All well and good, thought I wish he would’ve given some hint about the next round of seasonal menu changes or the secret as to what makes the Red Pepper Falafel wrap so addictive. I accepted a sparkling Ginger Beer on this visit instead of pressing for answers to questions that I will solve over repeated visits to downtown Pret A Manger shops. There are six. You should find a reason to stop by one today…or on July 29!

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