Australian coffee giant Gloria Jean's to take over former Pret-a-Manger spot on Shandwick Place

After branching out into Scotland with the launch of its first UK site at Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre in 2019, the Australian coffee giant is now extending its operations to Edinburgh with a spot on Shandwick Place.

The former Pret a Manger at 56 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh will receive a new lease of life under the helm of Australian coffee franchise Gloria Jean's.

Taking over the spot formerly occupied by food-to-go franchise Pret a Manger at 56 Shandwick Place, Gloria Jean’s will be bringing a taste of coffee from down under to the Scottish capital.

According to their website, the Australian coffee franchise will be rolling out more sites in England and Scotland – building on their already sizeable operations spanning 55 countries across the globe with further sites in Glasgow, Ayr and Aberdeen.

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Owned by Retail Food Group, the chain announced in 2018 that it would be seeking to open 190 outlets in the UK over the next decade after signing 20-year Franchise Agreement with Glasgow-based businessman Naweed Nasir.

Gloria Jean’s is known far and wide for offering a variety of hot and cold flavoured coffees, offering Creme Brulee, Irish Nut, Salted Caramel and White Choc Mocha in addition to traditional formulas with a choice of blends.

Customers can also take their pick from an array of cold coffees and drinks, with Gloria Jean’s range of ‘chillers’ featuring everything from Kit Kats, cookies and coffee beans in cold but creamy concoctions.

The site will replace the former Pret a Manger, which was closed last year along with 29 other Pret sites across the UK as the business felt the impact of the first pandemic lockdown, with a staggering fall in footfall and reduced need for their food to go services which had helped the brand undergo exponential, rapid growth in the years prior.

The new Gloria Jean’s in Edinburgh is due to open soon as the franchise’s second site in Scotland, with more expected to roll out in the near future.

To find out more about Gloria Jean’s coffee and view their full menu, visit their website here.

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