Bakery chain Greggs does U-turn on shops reopening

Bakery chain Greggs has done a U-turn over its decision to re-open 20 shops amid fears people will overwhelm its stores

Friday, 1st May 2020, 9:11 am
Greggs in the Brunswick Shopping Centre in Scarborough

All of Greggs’ shops have been closed since 24 March when the UK imposed a coronavirus lockdown, even though the government allowed takeaway outlets to stay open.

Greggs has branches in Scarborough and Whitby,

The group had said on Monday it planned to reopen 20 shops in the Newcastle area from next Monday in a trial to see if it can operate effectively with physical distancing measures as the lockdown is eased.

.“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,” said a spokeswoman..

“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.”