Greggs is in talks with Transport for London (TfL), about “other opportunities”, following its successful launch in Westminster tube station earlier this year.
Speaking on the back of Greggs’ trading update for the first 18 weeks of 2018, chief executive Roger Whiteside said that the opening at Westminster has “gone very well”, and that is was speaking to TfL about the potential for further openings within its transport network.
“These things take time, so we don’t yet have anything to announce, but hopefully given the good start we have had at Westminster we’ll have the opportunity to open in other stations as well,” he said.
Earlier this year, Whiteside said food-to-go was not well served in those kinds of transport hubs and that if the Westminster site worked from a logistical point of view, then Greggs would be “interested in opening in as many busy tube stations as we can get to”.
Yesterday the group reported a 1.3% increase in like-for-like sales across its company-managed shop estate in the first 18 weeks of 2018, against a 3.5% increase in the same period last year, with the company stating that trading in March and April was impacted by “weaker market conditions”.
The c1,900-strong company, which opened 41 new shops and closed 12 during the period, said that total sales were up 4.7% in the period (2017: 7.4%).