Belfast Telegraph

Greggs to open outlet in Lisburn as stores grow to a dozen

By John Mulgrew

Greggs has plans to open its latest shop in Lisburn - which will see the budget bakery chain's 12th store here.

The company is set to take on a unit at Wallace Buildings at Bow Street in Lisburn.

Just last month it opened its latest Belfast store at the Twin Spires complex in west Belfast.

It's also planning another outlet in Banbridge. The company has submitted plans to open up a shop at Newry Street in the town.

The chain has also been granted planning permission for a further store on Bangor's Main Street.

Eight of the existing Greggs outlets are company-managed while the three branches at Applegreen service stations are run as franchises.

Speaking during a visit to one of his company's new Belfast branches last year, boss Roger Whiteside said the company has had a "fantastic response" in Northern Ireland.

He said the business made a positive move by launching a franchise at the Applegreen service station on the M2 in April last year, with others at new service stations set to follow in the near future.

In 2015, the Belfast Telegraph revealed the bakery giant was eyeing as many as 50 locations across Northern Ireland, with around 10 in Belfast alone.

It opened its first store at the Applegreen service station between Glengormley and Templepatrick.

Across the UK, Greggs reported stellar fourth-quarter trading as it prepared to add hipster favourites vanilla latte, green tea and peppermint tea to its menu.

The food chain said like-for-like sales over the period rose 6.4% as it continued to benefit from offering a wider range of healthy eating options, such as salads and yoghurts.

During last year, like-for-like sales were up 4.2%, and the group said Christmas trading was boosted by festive bakes, mince pies and burritos.

Total sales increased by 7%, and the business now anticipates full-year results to come in slightly ahead of previous expectations.

Roger Whiteside hailed the performance, but warned of "industry headwinds" in 2017.

Belfast Telegraph