Belfast Telegraph

Greggs to open new store as expansion in Northern Ireland continues

By John Mulgrew

Cheap pie chain Greggs is set to open its latest shop in Larne. Plans have been submitted to take on the site of a former bank at Main Street in the Co Antrim town.

Greggs has expanded its store openings here rapidly, since opening its first outlets at Applegreen service stations in 2015.

It now has more than a dozen locations across Northern Ireland.

Its latest locations include Lisburn, Banbridge, Newry and Coleraine.

A spokeswoman for Greggs, said:

“We can confirm we are interested in bringing Greggs to Larne and will clarify further details as soon as possible.”

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.

Earlier this month, Greggs announced plans to roll out an array of drive-thru stores across the UK.

In its latest results, the firm had bolstered sales despite seeing profits take a hit from costs linked to restructuring the business. 

The firm said like-for-like sales rose 3.4% in the first half of this year, thanks to a strong customer appetite for salads and breakfast food.

However, pre-tax profits dropped 24% to £19.4m over the period as it stomached a £8.3m charge connected to a £100m restructuring drive.

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