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Pret A Manger gives away free food at Boston stores

The British sandwich chain Pret A Manger is giving away food at its first two Boston stores, which are opening in the next few days.

Employees are handing out free items Thursday at the Financial­ District location at 185 Franklin St. The Back Bay shop, at 507 Boylston St., will be offering free food on Thursday and Friday, starting at noon.

The chain, which already has restaurants in Chicago, New York, and Washington, is looking at dozens of locations around the Boston area, according to city officials.

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“Since the doors opened in our first shop, the principle that fresh, natural ingredients are both better tasting and better for you has been a basic tenet of the Pret philosophy,” Martin Bates, president of Pret A Manger US, said in a statement. “We couldn’t think of a better backdrop to mark the milestone of our 50th US opening, and we look forward to delivering delicious, high-quality food to this great city.”

Jenn Abelson

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