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Aug 2, 2018

Pret A Manger Greets Road Travelers with Opening at Delaware Welcome Center

Pret partners with HMSHost to open their first shop along a major U.S Interstate

NEWARK, Del. (August 2, 2018) – Summer road travelers along the busy Interstate 95 Northeast corridor can now enjoy Pret A Manger’s (“Pret”) menu of freshly prepared food and organic coffee at the Delaware Welcome Center. This is Pret’s first shop along a major U.S. Interstate and the new shop is in partnership with HMSHost.

Customers can enjoy Pret’s classic menu of freshly prepared food, including sandwiches, salads, wraps and hot items, such as grilled cheeses and soups, as well as a variety of beverage choices from juice to organic coffee. The food is made fresh on-site every day and signature items include the Balsamic Chicken & Avocado Sandwich, Pret’s Famous Ham & Cheese Baguette, Pesto Chicken Salad and Moroccan Lentil Soup.

Jo Brett, Pret’s U.S President, commented, “Our menu of freshly prepared food and organic coffees are perfect for those on the go, and we will be serving fresh breakfast, lunch and evening options from the kitchen of our new shop alongside sweet treats, juices and hot drinks. Our passionate new team has been training hard and they are looking forward to meeting our new customers at Delaware Welcome Center.”

“Whether a family on summer vacation or a solo business traveler, our guests can count on HMSHost to make road trips delicious,” said HMSHost Executive Vice President of Restaurant Development Stephanie Havard. “HMSHost offers customers a multitude of choices based on the latest food & beverage trends to keep them feeling good on the move. Pret A Manger is the perfect option for Delaware Welcome Center visitors seeking freshly made, flavorful food.”

Vic Buono, Chief of DMV/Toll Operations with the Delaware Department of Transportation attended the opening and commented, “I am very pleased with the new Pret addition. I’m certain that our customers will appreciate the efficiency and professionalism of the staff along with the outstanding food and drink offerings.”

All of Pret’s items are freshly prepared on-site in the Delaware Welcome Center shop kitchen throughout the day. As part of Pret’s commitment to alleviating the pressures of homelessness, this new shop will donate any unsold food to local charity Second Harvest. Pret is committed to supporting food rescue organizations and has donated over 5 million meals to those in need since the first U.S. shop opened in New York City in 2000.

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About Pret A Manger
Founded in London in 1986, Pret A Manger (“Ready to Eat”) is a sandwich shop creating fresh, handmade sandwiches, salads and wraps in-shop each day using carefully sourced ingredients. The food doesn’t have a ‘sell-by’ date and Pret donates their unsold food to food rescue organizations at the end of each day. Pret currently has over 500 shops in nine countries.

HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2018 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the eleventh consecutive year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Summer House Santa Monica at Chicago O’Hare International Airport as Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which include plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events like Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, and the Adrian Awards Gold winning campaigns, #HMSHostLove and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world's leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.