Bangor next location for opening of Greggs store
Greggs will open its first low-cost bakery outside Belfast amid its latest expansion plans.
The chain is launching another spot in Bangor, as part of a roll out of 50 stores across Northern Ireland, as revealed by this paper last year.
The company has a fresh application to turn a property at 70-72 Main Street in Bangor into its latest outlet.
It's already opened up shop at Applegreen service stations here, as well as Royal Avenue and Boucher Road in Belfast.
It's planning a further an outlet at Duncrue Industrial Estate, the Kennedy Centre in west Belfast and Castle Lane.
It's also basing its Northern Ireland headquarters at Donegall Square in the heart of the city centre.
Last year the Belfast Telegraph revealed the bakery giant was eyeing as many as 50 locations across Northern Ireland, with around 10 in Belfast.
It opened its first store last year at the Applegreen service station between Glengormley and Templepatrick.
And while the Royal Avenue store has been in business for several months, next door neighbour Bravissimo cooked up a storm after it objected to having the cafe and budget pasty chain as a neighbour, with concerns over the smell of sausage rolls and pies wafting into the lingerie shop and affecting business.
And it seems the firm is going from strength-to-strength, as it's increased its sales to £422m across the UK.
While it has made its name in 80p sausage rolls and pasties, it was its healthier range which helped sales rise.
Falafel and hummus helped power sales at Greggs in the first half of the year, with the sausage roll-maker reaping the rewards of a wider range of healthy eating options.
Revenues were up 6% while like-for-like sales in the period rose 3.8%, driven by the baker's Balanced Choice menu, which also includes teriyaki chicken noodle salad, the UK-wide business said.
Pre-tax profits for the first six months of the year were broadly flat, at £25.3m, held down by exceptional charges linked to the closure of three bakery sites.
Greggs has remained tight-lipped about its plans in Northern Ireland, and has continually refused to elaborate on the number of stores it's opening.