The bakery chain Greggs are to reopen 800 stores out of 2,050, in mid-June after they have been running trials at a dozen stores.
A Greggs spokesperson said, “We have planned and delivered robust shop trials using our new operational safety measures and they have progressed well allowing us to now move to open an increased number of our shops from mid-June.”
Earlier this month Greggs reopened a small number of their bakery stores on a trial basis to test safety in social distancing measures.
The bakery trialled a number of scenarios with their staff behind closed doors to test best working practices.
At the time, chief executive Roger Whiteside issued a statement on the firm’s website, saying, “These trials are being conducted across a number of channels, including delivery through Just Eat, Click + Collect and walk-in customers.
“Colleague and customer safety continue to be the primary focus of the decisions we take as we start to reopen our shops.
“Thank you for your patience while we work hard to play our part in getting the nation back up and running again and serving the communities in which we operate.”