Belfast Telegraph

Bakery giant Greggs finally reveals the location of its first standalone Northern Ireland store

By John Mulgrew

Bakery giant Greggs has finally revealed the location of its first Northern Ireland stand-alone store, with others set to follow soon.

It's creating 12 jobs at Boucher Road Retail Park, with a new store opening in March.

It comes after the Belfast Telegraph revealed the bakery giant is eyeing as many as 50 locations across Northern Ireland, with around 10 in Belfast alone.

It launched its first store at the new Applegreen service station on the M2 in April of this year.

And Greggs's property director Martin Kibler said "we will continue to work closely with our franchise partner Applegreen Ireland and we expect to open further franchise sites next year".

"This is an exciting ‘trial’ step for us as we open a directly-operated shop in Northern Ireland. We are delighted to acquire a unit in a very successful retail centre and look forward to welcoming customers in March."

Five Belfast locations look set to be finalised soon, including at least one in the heart of the city.

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.

And despite reports from the Belfast Telegraph, Greggs would not confirm details of the company's further expansion into Northern Ireland.

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