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Greggs Is Reopening A Number Of Stores

Greggs Is Reopening A Number Of Stores

It might not be long until you can resume your normal routine of picking up a Greggs sausage roll from your local - in some places at least.

The nation's favourite bakery is reportedly reopening some of its stores in order to test how it will safely reopen when lockdown is lifted.

All 2,050 of Greggs' stores have been closed since 24th March after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown, offering limited delivery on JustEat.

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"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 re-open at scale," a spokesperson told The Sun on Monday.

It's unclear currently how many stores will be reopening and in which locations - but fingers crossed for one close to us.


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The chain also doesn't give details on how they will safely practice social distancing, but it's likely measure such as protective screens, distanced queuing and cashless payment that could be introduced.

Back in March, CEO Roger Whiteside announced the bakery would be closing to adhere to government lockdown measures, though would continue to pay staff full contract hours during the closure.

In a statement posted on Greggs' Instagram, Whiteside assured the company would "continue to provide support to our local communities by distributing any remaining unsold food and offering support for those in hardship through the Greggs Foundation".

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We've been doing everything we can to keep our shops open and everyone safe but it has become clear that to help us all maintain social distance we need to go further and close all of our shops completely. So, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our shops on Tuesday 24th March. First and foremost, thank you to our amazing colleagues for the hard work they have been putting in every day. They live and breathe the Greggs spirit, and we couldn't have got through these challenging times without their unwavering positivity and cooperation. While we are closed, we will continue supporting our colleagues with full contract hours for as long as we are able although we will need to keep this under review as the situation develops. Whilst our shops will be temporarily closed, our dedication to our communities won't stop. We'll continue to provide support to our local communities by distributing any remaining unsold food and offering support for those in hardship through the Greggs Foundation. To our customers, thank you for your ongoing support - we know these are difficult and unsettling times, and through our community work we hope to be able to continue serving you, and your friends and families in some way. Last but by no means least, a special thank you to the key workers at the front line of this crisis and all those who continue to work tirelessly to reduce the spread of the virus. There are so many unsung heroes, and we're in awe of you all. Stay safe and all the best. Roger Whiteside.
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It added: "To our customers, thank you for your ongoing support - we know these are difficult and unsettling times, and through our community work we hope to be able to continue serving you, and your friends and families in some way."

There may be light at the end of the Greggsless tunnel, guys.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Greggs, Tasty Food, Food And Drink, Tasty

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