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Has bakery chain Greggs revealed the location of its first Belfast city centre shop?

By John Mulgrew

Published 26/01/2016

Greggs is eyeing up as many as 50 stores in Northern Ireland
Greggs is eyeing up as many as 50 stores in Northern Ireland

Greggs looks set to open its first store in the heart of Belfast city centre.

Plans and design specifications have been submitted for a new shop on Royal Avenue.

It's understood the plans are for what will become the first city centre branch of budget bakery chain Greggs.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed last year that the budget chain was eyeing up as many as 50 stores across Northern Ireland.

It's adding at least a dozen stores in Northern Ireland this year, after it finally revealed the location of its first stand-alone store on the Boucher Road.

Greggs has remained tight-lipped about its expansion plans here, and has continually refused to elaborate on the number of stores it's opening, or their locations.

It 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.

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.

And Pizza Express is also expanding — opening up two new locations in Belfast.

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