Greggs Reveals When it Plans to Reopen – Confirms Newcastle Shops too be First
Greggs will reopen 20 Newcastle shops in May, which should lead to the baker fully reopening around the UK by July if lockdown rules are relaxed.
Greggs will reopen 20 shops in the Newcastle area in the first part of its three-phase plan to relaunch around the country.
Greggs confirmed it plans to reopen 20 shops around Newcastle on a trial basis from May 5. They will be staffed by employees who volunteer to return to work.
The Newcastle-based bakery chain, famous for its sausage rolls, pasties and sweet treats, closed all its stores around the UK on March 23, as the UK Government announced a nationwide lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Greggs, as a takeaway food business, is permitted to trade if customers and staff follow social distancing guidelines.
A Greggs spokesperson said: “We want to play our part in getting the nation back up and running again so we are planning to conduct a limited trial with volunteers to explore how we can reopen our shops with new measures in place that keep our colleagues and customers as safe as we can when we reopen at scale.”