Greggs is set to reopen some of its outlets in Newcastle on Monday 4 May, amid lockdown.
The move is part of a controlled trial. After closing all of its stores a month ago, when lockdown began, Greggs has become the latest food retailer to begin the process of reopening. Burger King, KFC and Pret A Manger have already reopened certain restaurants, for delivery only.
The trial is set to last two weeks and will involve a limited product range and shorter trading hours
Roger Whiteside, Greggs’s chief executive, said that the trial is set to last two weeks and will involve a limited product range and shorter trading hours. He also said that, from 8th June, he hopes to open about 700 stores, including 150 franchise shops. He intends to have all stores open again by 1st July, which is when the government’s job retention scheme is due to end.
However, Mr Whiteside has also said that these timings could change depending on future government announcements. The company expects sales to be significantly lower than normal while social distancing measures are in place.
A Greggs spokeswoman said that these trials are a way for the company to play their part in getting the country up and running again, and to explore how to reopen shops with new measures in place to keep colleagues and customers safe.
The announcement has sparked excitement for Greggs’s customers, and many took to Twitter to express their delight at the prospect of some stores reopening.
Last modified: 30th April 2020