Huh. Unfortunately, it seems like this may be the case based on comments from A&W’s CEO in this article:
Susan Senecal says 12-15 locations will first test the Pret concept in 2022 with potential for a subsequent major rollout.retail-insider.com
Susan Senecal, President and CEO of A&W, said the partnership with Pret allows the foodservice giant to test offering the best of Pret at A&W restaurants in about 12 to 15 locations starting in 2022 “to introduce Canadians to the great taste, the great ingredients and the great products that Pret offers.”
“We’re still in the early part of development of exactly how it’s going to look and that will come to life as we start to introduce this in the year to come. We want to give a piece of the experience as well. So it will be not only products but experience and we’ll have some dedicated areas that will really feature the menu items from Pret so that people can easily pick them up and get ready for their day.”
That's setting it up to fail. It's like those stupid Freshii displays at the last places that should carry them.