AFTER months of waiting, Greggs is finally reopening its doors TODAY.
The high street bakery chain – home of chicken bakes, steak bakes and sausage rolls – is welcoming back fans to more than a third of its 2,050 branches from June 18.
The chain temporarily closed all stores on March 24 as lockdown restrictions came into force, even though it was allowed to stay open for takeaway orders.
Just last month it shelved plans to reopen 20 stores due to overcrowding fears – but instead tested making food for charities.
As of today, around 800 of its branches will be open for business again after successful trials.
Which branches of Greggs are reopening and what time do doors open?
We’ve asked Greggs for the full list of their stores reopening, which you can see below.
If your local branch isn’t listed on here, make sure you keep checking Greggs’ website for updates.
The opening times are 9am – 3pm for most of the branches, so make sure you check what time your local branch is opening and closing before heading out.
A majority of the shops will be open for takeaway only, with all seating areas and customer toilets remaining closed.
But fans can also order through Just Eat or Greggs’ own click and collect service from 19 branches, which is available on its website.
Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside 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.”
For the rest of the stores, Greggs will be reopening them in early July, although the date has not been confirmed yet.
What is on the menu?
Much like McDonald’s, there is a limited menu that is going to be on offer as Greggs is keen to make its comeback as safe as possible for staff and customers.
But several of the bakery’s favourite items are back, so you can still get your pasty fix.
Due to an expectation of lower sales, the bakery chain is operating a limited menu including sausage rolls, hot drinks and sweet treats.
HOAR has asked Greggs which menu items it’s axed temporarily, and we’ll update this article once we hear back.
How is Greggs protecting its customers from coronavirus?
To make sure that it complies with government guidelines, Greggs has put strict measures in place to keep customers distant from one another so they don’t risk catching coronavirus.
Only one adult per household will be allowed in branches, but they can be joined by children if needed.
Floor markings will be in place to guide customers around the shop safely.
Much like several other cafes, restaurants and retailers, Greggs has also axed all cash payments.
For the foreseeable future, you can only pay on card.
Meanwhile workers will have to do 30 minute cleans of all equipment and key touch points to make sure the stores remain hygienic and virus-free.
All staff have undergone social distancing training prior to returning to work and Greggs has marked out zones on the floor so they can keep in check.
Greggs has also given each worker a specific role so they don’t have to cross paths with someone else.
PPE has also been given as an option for workers.
Greggs isn’t the only store to be taking serious measures to make sure it reopens safely.
Hollywood Bowl has given HOAR an insight into how it will look when it reopens next month.
For more behind the scenes stories, we’ve looked at how Greene King pubs will look when they reopen next month.
And much like Greggs, coffee chain Costa is also reopening with a reduced menu.