Do you like fast food? 

Pret A Manger HK

Pret A Manger HK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a challenge:  when you next visit London, try to walk 100m without catching sight of a Pret a Manger.  The British sandwich chain with a French name has so many branches in the capital city that you can’t avoid trying it out. The menu includes wholemeal sandwiches, filled baguettes, soups, salads and coffees. Nothing special about that, so why is it so successful?  The marketing blurb speaks of handmade, natural food without any obscure chemicals.  The sandwiches are made fresh at each location. Service is fast.  Where Starbucks has just one cashier, Pret has three or four.  Employees have a say in the hiring process and bonuses are awarded on the performance of the entire team.  On top of that, unsold food is given to the homeless at the end of the day.  So, the secret is healthy fast food, served with a smile and a dose of goodness too.

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Read by Heather, EASI English (Southern English accent)

Study the words

challengea difficult task

catching sight ofseeing

avoidnot do something

wholemeal brown bread

blurbpromotional information

obscurestrange

cashierperson who works at the cash point

have a sayhelp to make a decision about something 

hiring- employing new staff

bonuses- cash rewards

On top of that- in addition

homeless- people with no homes

dose- quantity, amount

Do the takeaway test: ready to eat

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