Just when you thought the only Greggs news you were going to get today was the new branch opening at the Trafford Centre, they hit you with this.
Greggs is launching a trial of extended opening hours in some of their shops across the country, and this makes me very happy.
That’s right, post-pub sausage rolls could soon be a thing, and I for one can’t wait to buy 10 steak bakes blind drunk on my way home from a night out.
The chain is set to open a number of their stores past 9pm, in a bid to capture the late night market - just like they did with breakfast.
Chief executive Roger Whiteside says Greggs have overtaken Starbucks to become the UK’s third largest takeaway coffee seller, behind Costa and McDonald’s.
Greggs’ estate has grown rapidly over the past few decades as it continues to buck the trend of the struggling high street. According to their interim half year financial highlights, total sales are up 14.7% to £546m for the first six months of the year (that's a lot of breakfast butties).
Their successful end to 2018 and was helped by the popularity of the new vegan-friendly sausage roll - it also managed to enrage Piers Morgan along the way, which is always good.
Greggs has opened 54 new shops, and expects around 100 net new shops for the year as a whole, including the new Trafford Centre branch that opened today in Greater Manchester.
Greggs’ Manchester bakery, in Openshaw, has been in operation since 1975 and is now a centre of excellence for bread rolls, pizzas and sandwich premixes which are supplied to its shops across the UK.