Greggs, the excessive road bakery chain, is to begin re-opening outlets from this Thursday however with a sequence of curbs to its menu.
The corporate, best-known for its sausage rolls, stated 800 of its 2,050 UK shops would open their doorways once more to clients for takeaway solely – days after COVID-19 restrictions masking non-essential shops have been relaxed in England.
It anticipated the remainder of its retailer property to renew operations in July.
On prime of social distancing measures, Greggs stated that it will not settle for money funds and its product vary could be restricted to its greatest sellers.
Its assertion to the Metropolis stated it couldn’t predict the affect of social distancing on its capacity to commerce or on demand.
“Our capability to function will probably be restricted by measurement of store and we should anticipate that gross sales could also be decrease than regular for a while,” it warned.
Rival excessive road quick meals retailers, particularly McDonald’s, have seen giant queues exterior drive-thru shops since they restarted gross sales within the wake of the lockdown.
Greggs stated the security of its workers should come first.
The tentative re-opening follows trials carried out at a small variety of outlets with workers handed new workwear together with security tools.
Greggs confirmed it was retaining a proportion of its 25,000 workers furloughed till gross sales merited a full return to work.
Shares, which have misplaced 1 / 4 of their market worth this yr, have been 5% greater in Tuesday dealing.
As a part of its replace, the corporate stated it had quickly suspended its new store opening programme, excluding a number of the place it was already legally dedicated or anticipates sturdy buyer site visitors.
It stated it anticipated to open about 60 outlets this yr and shut about 50.
It’s also making proposals to landlords in return for lease reductions and can transfer to month-to-month lease funds from June.