This is when Greggs is reopening some Falkirk district stores

The bakery chain is preparing to reopen hundreds of stores across the UK

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 8:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 9:00 am
Greggs will reopen two of its Falkirk district stores from Thursday
Greggs will reopen two of its Falkirk district stores from Thursday

Greggs will reopen two of its Falkirk district shops for takeaway only in a matter of days.

The bakery chain has announced it will reopen 800 shops across the UK on Thursday, June 18 – including its premises in La Porte Precinct in Grangemouth and on Carron Road, Falkirk.

It means people will be able to get their Greggs fix after months of closure.

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The firm had previously said it had been trialling delivery, collection and standard walk-in orders at some of its shops in the North East of England to test out operational safety measures.

Now they are opening 800 stores across the country with the new measures in place to help protect both customers and staff.

These include offering a limited menu and only accepting card payments at the moment.

Only one adult per household will be allowed in the shop, although children can join them if needed; floor markings and a one way system to ensure the 2 metre distance can be maintained.

New screens are also in place at till points.

Measures in place to protect staff include increased focus on its already high standards of handwashing, 30-minute cleans for all equipment and key touch-points and zones marked out behind the counter with staff following specific ‘roles’ to avoid crossing into another person’s station.

Staff have also been provided with personal protective equipment they can use if they wish to do so.

The bakery chain said it will “continue to look for the best ways to serve customers whilst keeping everyone safe” and if all runs to plan it aims to have all of its shops operating with the new measures in place by July 1.

Roger Whiteside, Greggs chief executive said: "Over the past month, we have carried out robust trials using our new operational and social distancing measures and they have progressed well.

“This has allowed us to move to our next re-opening phase with just over 800 of our shops welcoming customers back this week.

“The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our priority and for this reason we have put in the time and effort to make a thorough assessment of all shops.

“Although we will open with a reduced range, this will be a significant step in us helping the nation get back up and running and serving the communities that we operate in.”

Greggs closed all of its 2050 stores on March 24 after the country went into lockdown.

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