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Multiple London Greggs set to be some of the busiest in the UK

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Greggs is set to reopen all of its stores from Thursday 18 June, after two months of being closed and now new research reveals those you might want to avoid as they open.

The new study has looked to pinpoint the areas of the UK which will be the busiest once doors open and given the social distancing measures that will still be in place, we could see queues that stretch far and wide.

Using population data from across the UK and data from the Greggs store checker, the research was able to pinpoint the areas most at risk of a queue, assuming that people will rush for a sausage roll – similar to scenes seen at McDonald’s in recent weeks.

The top ten busiest Greggs across the UK can be found below:

Postcode Area Specific Location Number of Greggs How many people per restaurant
LE2 Oadby – Leicester 1 119,026
E17 Walthamstow – East London 1 103,129
LE3 Westcotes – Leicester 1 100,913
N1 Finsbury Park – North London 1 91,056
NG5 Arnold – Nottingham 1 87,555
LE5 Scraptoft – Leicester 1 85,435
E14 Poplar – East London 1 82,638
ST5 Stoke-on-Trent – Stoke-on-Trent 1 82,400
SW16 Streatham – South West London 1 80,927
BN3 Portslade – Brighton 1 79,513

Nutritional therapist, Claudia le Feuvre explained why we may rush to buy fast food when the lockdown restrictions are lifted:

“Fast foods are often formulated to achieve the ‘bliss point’, something we’ll be familiar with from having eaten this type of food before. This is the optimal blend of salt, sugar and fat which triggers the brain to produce feel-good endorphins and dopamine, a neurotransmitter that will keep us coming back for more, especially when the doors reopen.”

Patrick Tonks, creative director at Great Bean Bags which conducted the research, adds:

“We believe that balance is key in life, while we of course want people to enjoy comfort at home and to relax on our products with their favourite food, we have also conducted a lot of work and research to highlight where people can make positive lifestyle changes.

“It’s interesting to see the data here where the queues are most expected and hopefully it will encourage people not to rush for fast food, maybe opt for a healthier alternative knowing the wait they’ll have if they give in to temptation!”




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