If you're looking for a sandwich at IFC's Pret A Manger, you have to go around the corner a bit to its new shop, which opened yesterday morning. It's not just a larger space with more chairs and tables; the refurbishment is more inviting and warmer, with fewer chrome and steel fixtures. 'It's the way forward for us,' Pret Hong Kong managing director Sarah Lee (pictured with IFC's Karim Azar) said. 'We've taken a bit of the look [of our shops] from New York and a bit from London. It's very clean, efficient and open. There's more space for the takeaway and more sitting area, which in Hong Kong is very hard to come by.' Eventually, all the Pret shops in town will get a makeover. The company has brought over its international head of creative, James Cannel, and design, Bjoern Welter, to lend a hand. 'It's an evolution to take it to the next step, to make things stronger and lighter, because the food is all about fresh. It's made and, in less than an hour, it's gone,' Welter said. After checking out other shops in town, Welter said: 'There are some terrible shops and really beautiful ones too. I can't believe one luxury label spent a year renovating its store. I guess one watch from those places can pay the rent for a month.' Then again, half a Pret sandwich can get you a whole lunch set at some local diners. It's all relative.