Leicester city centre is about to welcome Pret a Manger to its food set up, it has been announced.

The upmarket fast food service will open its doors to customers on Gallowtree Gate, in place of the Jessops store which has recently closed due to the company entering administration, having been in the town for 78 years.

The English translation for Pret a Manger is “ready to eat”, but Leicester residents don’t appear to be feeling the same as their French counterparts.

Local man Craig Sumner said: “Have you seen all of the fast food places in town?

“I’ve never been to one of these outlets before but we have a wide variety here already, I feel the old Jessops building could have been used for something much more constructive.”

Pret a Manger until now have only been open in the South East of England, so the new regional stores are a revolution for the company, who specialise in cultured soups and sandwiches.

This could prove to be yet another big scalp for Leicester, who already have a Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Carluccio’s shops in and around the Highcross complex.

Penny Robb from Anstey, Leicester, said: “I love to visit the nicer fast food stores in town when I’m out and about doing some shopping or catching up with friends.

“Pret a Manger is somewhere that people from Leicester may not have had the chance to go to until now so I think it will be great for the city to gain yet another upmarket food chain.”

A date has not been set for the opening of the store or even the work to be carried out as of yet, but Leicester city centre can now prepare themselves to be ready to eat, soon enough.