800 Greggs branches reopening on 18 June
A nation rejoices with the news that the discount bakery chain is returning
Over recent weeks many staples of the UK high street have been outlining how they plan to return to some form of normality in the near future after the government announced relaxations to its COVID-19 restrictions.
Despite the easing of lockdown, rigorous social distancing rules remain. These will create a great deal of challenges for all businesses operating in the current climate, but they will have a specific impact on companies that frequently deal face-to-face with the public, such as convenience stores and takeaways.
Greggs makes a triumphant return
Greggs has become the latest firm to reveal its plans for reopening, following a hiatus that saw the bakery chain close all of its stores after Boris Johnson’s significant address to the nation on 23 March. From 18 June, 800 Greggs branches will reopen.
In April, the company famous for its bakes and sausage rolls operated a small trial involving volunteers in 20 stores, to gauge how post-lockdown business activities may work.
Greggs stores will be operating with reduced menus and opening hours. It can also be anticipated that staff and customers will have to comply with social distancing guidelines, such as the two-metre rule. Seating areas and customer toilets will remain closed, and payment will only be accepted via card, contactless or Greggs rewards.
A spokesperson for the company said, ""All team members are being trained in the range of operational changes and protective measures that we have implemented across our retail estate."
What will be on the menu?
At a small number of shops, Greggs will be offering a digital-only service, so people will need to order from the comfort of their own homes through JustEat, or via the new Greggs Click and Collect Service.
Although there's a 'limited menu', there's still a lot on offer, including a range of breakfast sandwiches in a roll or baguette, plenty of sandwich options, a host of sweet treats, drinks and crisps, and of course, sausage rolls (vegan and non-vegan), steak bakes, sausage, cheese & bean melts and more.
Frankly, quite how providing cheap sausage rolls to the nation wasn’t identified as the most vital of all the essential services is beyond me (firefighters are okay, I guess; but you can’t buy one and get one free). In the words of Greggs’ own Twitter page: long live sausage rolls!