A SANDWICH shop chain is set to create 20 jobs when it opens its doors in Worcester city centre this autumn.

Pret A Manger, also known as Pret, will be opening its new cafe in the former Santander bank building on the corner of High Street and St Swithin’s Street.

The Grade II listed building will be transformed to include a large customer sales area, kitchen and customer seating areas on two floors.

Previously, the building was built as the new Central Coffee Tavern and shops, with offices above.

It then became the Central Temperance Hotel and Restaurant, then a Cadena Café before being used as a bank.

The new jobs are in the kitchen and on the shop floor.

Pret operations manager for the area Anthony Bullen said: “We are very excited to open in Worcester for the first time and to get to know our local community here.

"We’re currently on the lookout for enthusiastic, fun and hard-working team members to join Team Pret."

The cafe’s sandwiches, salads and wraps are handmade fresh in-shop each day using natural, ethically sourced ingredients.

As part of the cafe’s commitment to help alleviate homelessness in the UK, the new shop in Worcester is also on the hunt for local charities to donate unsold food to at the end of each day.

Over the past year the national scheme has redistributed over three million food items to hostels and shelters across the UK.

Interested charities can contact the Pret Foundation Trust via juanita.cracchiolo@pret.com.

Pret first opened in London in 1986 and currently has over 450 shops, the majority of which are in the UK.

The food sold in the cafe does not have a ‘sell-by’ date; Pret offers unsold food to charity at the end of the day.

Further details on the Worcester shop and menu will be revealed in September.