Greggs plans dozen new stores in Northern Ireland
Bakery giant Greggs will add at least a dozen stores in Northern Ireland this year, after it finally revealed the location of its first stand-alone store here.
The Belfast Telegraph revealed last year that the budget chain was eyeing up as many as 50 stores across Northern Ireland.
But it's understood it will create at least a dozen of those this year.
It comes after it revealed it was creating 12 jobs at Boucher Road Retail Park, with a new store opening in March.
Criona Collins, director and head of retail agency at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: "Greggs are on record as saying their planned shop at Boucher Road will be the first of a dozen."
A Greggs spokesperson did not confirm the additional stores which are due to open here.
"At present, we can confirm that we will be opening a company-managed shop on Boucher Road in Belfast and a franchise shop in partnership with Applegreen," a spokesman said.
"We are continuing to look for further opportunities to open more shops in Northern Ireland this year and will share additional information as soon as we are in a position to do so."
The chain opened its first store at the Applegreen service station on the M2 in April last year.
Greggs has 1,670 stores located across Great Britain.
It is the UK's largest bakery chain, and it will soon be bringing its popular fare to Belfast and beyond.
It's known for its range of cheap and cheerful baked goods.
And while prices vary throughout Britain, it sells items such as sausage rolls for around 80p, while its pies can be bought for upwards of £1.
Greggs is one of the latest UK high-street food brands set to expand here over the year, with Italian chains Azzurri and Carluccio's set to open, while burger joint Five Guys launched its first location at Victoria Square.