Hungarian bakery sets up shop in Leeds city centre

Owner Attila Balazs with store assistant Jess Keogh and manager Andrew Dokubo.
Owner Attila Balazs with store assistant Jess Keogh and manager Andrew Dokubo.
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A bakery franchise that has thousands of stores around the world opened its first UK outlet in Leeds today.

Hungarian bakery chain Pack-Snack is one of the largest franchises in the world and has set up a new shop at the Merrion Centre.

Founded in 1998 as a family business, it now has 46,000 outlets in Europe and more in Canada and America.

The new store will offer 32 types of pastries, all of which have reduced fat and sugar.

Prices start from 30p and soft drinks, tea and coffee will also be on sale.

Attila Balazs, who owns the Pack-Snack Master Licence in the UK, said: “The Pack-Snack brand is well known all over Europe but it’s completely new to the UK market.

“We are very different to other bakery retailers because we offer our customer a huge selection of pastry products with currently 32 different varieties available each day.

“All our food is freshly made, lower in salt and sugar and not greasy to touch, making them perfect to take away.”

He added: “Pack-Snack is becoming one of the biggest names in the bakery sector and we are very excited to have our first UK store here in the Merrion Centre.”

Susan Mendoza, Merrion Centre manager, said: “We’re really proud to have been selected as the location for Pack-Snack’s first UK store.”

She added: “This is a unique bakery offer which will complement our other food retailers in the centre and give our customers an even bigger choice of outlets to pick up a snack or buy their lunch from.”

The new Pack-Snack store at the Merrion Centre has created five new jobs.