Greggs has finally released plans to open 800 branches across the UK within the next two weeks.
It’s been a long awaited 11 weeks for fans of the high street bakery chain after it closed its doors to the public amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the end of March, but official plans to reopen for business across the country have now been released.
The chain is planning to reopen 800 shops nationwide from Thursday 18th June 2020.
In a coronavirus update statement via its website, Chief Executive of Greggs, Roger Whiteside, said: We’ve recently opened a selection of shops on an ad-hoc basis in the North East trialling delivery, collection and standard walk-in orders.”
“This was so we could test out new operational safety measures to roll out on a wider scale when the time is right. The trials have been performing well, providing useful feedback from colleagues and customers, and we’ll continue to adapt as we learn more and work to the latest government advice.”
“We plan to start preparing and opening more shops nationwide from around the 18th of June and we’re currently in the process of selecting around 800 shops to reopen, this will initially include approximately 150 franchise shops.”
“All shops will open with our new tested operational measures in place and although they will open with a reduced range, this will be a significant step in us helping the nation get back up and running and serving the communities that we operate in.”
Mr Whiteside also confirmed that the chain has plans to reopen all shops with new operational / strict social distancing measures by 1st July 2020.
The statement continues: “We’ll continue to look for the best ways to serve customers whilst keeping everyone safe, and as long as we can continue to do this, the final phase in our plan is to open all shops with our new operational measures in place by July 1st.”
A huge thanks to our colleagues and customers for their cooperation and understanding throughout this process.
“Keep safe, and all the best.”
It has not yet been confirmed which branches will be reopening on which dates, but one thing we know for certain is that it’s going to be one heck of a reunion when doors do open in Manchester.
Greggs, we miss you.