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01st May 2020

Greggs scraps plans to re-open after everyone got a bit too excited

Josh Kaplan

Greggs flew too close to the sun

Earlier this week, Greggs announced plans to re-open a limited number of their Newcastle stores to test their post pandemic safety measures, but have now announced that these tests will be conducted behind closed doors.

According to a spokesperson: “Due to significant interest in our 20-shop trial, and the risk that excessive numbers of customers may plan to visit Greggs, we will now initially operate these trials behind closed doors in order to effectively test our new operational safety measures. It was never our intention to attract high levels of customers to these trial shops, and therefore we have decided to temporarily update our test plans and operate behind closed doors only.”

“We will continue to review this as we undertake our initial tests and will invite walk-in customers into our shops only when we can be confident of doing so in the controlled manner we intended.”

According to the original plans, this Monday was seen as the date for the beginning of a trial that could’ve eventually seen stores open across the country. At the time, the CEO said he was optimistic that the trial would allow them to test anti-virus safety measures and comply with government social distancing measures.