After closing doors in line with Government advice earlier this year, Greggs have now announced they will be reopening 800 branches across the country as lockdown restrictions have eased.
The pasty chain will reopen stores in just over two weeks’ time.
A Greggs spokesperson told the Sun: “We have planned and delivered robust shop trials using our new operational safety measures and they have progressed well, allowing us to now move to open an increased number of our shops from mid-June.”
Greggs had originally planned to begin reopening stores last month, but halted the trial due to fears that ‘excessive numbers of customers’ would have flocked to stores, as excitement grew online.
The trial was supposed to be taking place in the Newcastle area, where the chain originates, with 20 shops trialling operating with social distancing measures in place.
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At the time, a spokesperson for Greggs said: “Due to significant interest in our 20-shop trial, and the risk that excessive numbers of customers may plan to visit Greggs, we will now initially operate these trials behind closed doors in order to effectively test our new operational safety measures.
“We will continue to review this and will invite walk-in customers into our shops only when we can be confident of doing so in the controlled manner we intended.”
The chain has 2,050 branches across the UK, so less than half are due to reopen.
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