Plans for Hull's first Pret A Manger revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Aug 2018

Moves to open Hull's first Pret A Manger have taken a step closer.

The upmarket sandwich and coffee chain was given planning approval to open a store in King Edward Street in the city centre earlier this year.

Work on the building, which was last used as an opticians, has yet to start.

That recently sparked rumours the chain was having second thoughts about coming to Hull because of concerns over drug-taking and anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

The issue was even raised in Parliament by Hull North MP Diana Johnson, but Pret subsequently dismissed them and maintained it was still on track to open the shop later this year.

Now, agents for the company have submitted further applications to Hull City Council seeking approval for outside seating at the site, new illuminated fascia signs for the shop, a new roller shutter and the installation of external wall tiles facing onto Savile Street.

If given the go-ahead, eight tables and 16 chairs would be provided outside the premises.

The application says: "The proposals maintain a sufficient pedestrian circulation space outside the unit therefore making the proposal acceptable on highway safety grounds, while adding to the vitality and viability of the surrounding area along King Edward Street."

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When it opens, the shop is expected to operate on two floors - the basement and ground level - and have internal seating for 140 people.

Twenty new jobs are expected to be created, including 17 full-time posts.

Where the new Pret A Manger is set to open in Hull city centre

The store would also be open 7am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sundays.

Greggs had previously submitted a planning application to use the building, but withdrew in July last year due to planning officers stating the proposals were not in accordance with the Hull Local Plan.

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