Greggs plans to reopen 800 shops for takeaway only on 18 June.

All stores will have the by now familiar safety measures, like floor markings to maintain social distancing, protective screens, PPE for staff, a reduced menu, additional cleaning and cash will not be accepted.

The business said it had been making a “variety of proposals in return for rent reductions” to landlords and that “all landlords have been informed of our plan to move to monthly rent payments from June. We made our full quarterly rent payment in March as usual.”

“Looking forward, although great uncertainty remains, we are excited to be resuming our service for many customers this week,” said Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside.

“We are confident of our ability to adapt to market conditions in the short term while continuing to invest in the long-term growth of our business. I want to thank all of our 25,000 colleagues for their support in getting us to this point.”

“Over the past month, we have carried out robust trials using our new operational and social distancing measures and they have progressed well. This has allowed us to move to our next re-opening phase with just over 800 of our shops welcoming customers back this week.

“The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our priority and for this reason we have put in the time and effort to make a thorough assessment of all shops. Although we 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.”

Greggs will deliver an update on trading when it reports its interim results for 2020 on 28 July 2020.

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