Belfast Telegraph

Greggs maps out Belfast locations for two new stores

By John Mulgrew

Greggs has earmarked two new stores for Belfast as part of the low-cost bakery chain's huge roll-out of 50 sites across Northern Ireland, it can be revealed.

The pies and pasty chain is rolling out dozens of locations over the next couple of years.

The Belfast Telegraph first revealed last summer that the business was to set up shop here.

The two latest outlets have now been revealed. A planning application has shown the bakery is proposing to open a new location at Duncrue Industrial Estate.

Plans submitted show Greggs wants to build a 24-seat cafe in the area.

Elsewhere, it's also planning a new store at the Kennedy Centre in west Belfast. It's applied for planning permission to erect a sign inside the shopping centre.

Greggs has already opened a new outlet at Boucher Road, with two others, as yet unconfirmed by the firm, in the heart of Belfast city centre - including one on Royal Avenue.

It opened its first store at the Applegreen service station on the M2 in April last year, with others at new service stations soon following.

Greggs has 1,670 stores located across Great Britain.

Its cult following centres around some of its best known products, such as steak bakes and doughnuts, along with its cheap prices.

Meanwhile, Greggs has submitted a planning application for an outlet on the ground floor of the Scottish Provident Building at Donegall Square West in Belfast.

That will become the firm's Northern Ireland headquarters.

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 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.

Meanwhile, Irish-owned Apache Pizza says it will open up to 40 outlets in Northern Ireland over the next two years, creating as many as 800 jobs.

Robert Pendleton told the Belfast Telegraph the business was opening eight here this year alone.

That includes three earmarked for Belfast. Each franchise business will create around 15 to 20 jobs, and Mr Pendleton says he wants 35 to 40 stores in Northern Ireland by 2018.

The low-cost pizza business currently has just one restaurant here, in Portadown. It has grown to 118 outlets across the Republic.

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