Greggs has announced plans to open 800 more stores by 18 June.

The bakery business has already opened a selection of shops trialling delivery, collection and walk-in in Newcastle.

As part of its final phase, Greggs plans to have the rest of its estate will be open by July 1.

CEO Roger Whiteside said the test stores in Newcastle helped the chain work out its new operational safety measures, which will be rolled out on a wider scale when the time is right.

He said: “The trials have been performing well, providing useful feedback from colleagues and customers, and we’ll continue to adapt as we learn more and work to the latest Government advice.

“All shops will open with our new tested operational measures in place. And although they will open with a reduced range, this will be a significant step in us helping the nation get back up and running and serving the communities that we operate in.

“We’ll continue to look for the best ways to serve customers whilst keeping everyone safe, and as long as we can continue to do this, the final phase in our plan is to open all shops with our new operational measures in place by July 1.

Greggs reversed previous plans for reopening over fears that excessive numbers would gather at branches.