Get ready for the return of Greggs as North East favourite prepares to reopen 800 stores

North East Greggs stores are rising to the challenge of putting its new safety measures to the test, leading bosses to plan the relaunch of 800 more shops by mid-June.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 4:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th May 2020, 1:17 pm

The bakery chain has opened a select number of its counters across the region as it starts to trade again following the Government’s decision to close restaurants and cafes to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

They are said to be among the dozen taking part in the trials, which are now set to be ramped up.

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Customers queuing outside the Greggs shop in Prince Edward Road in South Shields shortly after it reopened earlier this month.

The firm has not officially put a figure on the number of shops it will open, but it is understood to be planning to serve from around 800 of its 2,050 locations across the country.

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A spokesperson for the company, which runs around 2,050 shops across the country, said: "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.”

Government guidance has slowly become less strict after the country was forced into lockdown at the end of March.

Greggs customers will be able to get their hands on sausage rolls once again as the company begins to reopen more of its shops.

Many restaurants have remained closed through the period, with some opening for takeaways.

However, the sector has started showing some signs of recovery, as Government rules relaxed.

Earlier this month, McDonald's started reopening its British stores, starting with 15 in and around London.

Starbucks also reopened 150 of its stores earlier in the month.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that non-essential stores, including clothes stores, will be able to re-open from the middle of the month, as long as they adhere to social distancing rules.

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