SSP Group has secured a franchise deal with Greggs which will see it open sites in transport hub locations across the UK.

The first food to go unit to open as part of the deal has already begun trading at Derby Railway Station, with several other locations in progress.

The new shops will open in units already operated by SSP.

Greggs opened its 400th franchise site in June this year, with new franchise partner Rontec. The food to go retailer is also looking to open 30 shops with forecourt operator Ascona Group.

“We’re delighted to have struck a deal with Greggs, which not only delivers a great core range, but is constantly innovating to meet evolving trends,” Richard Lewis, CEO SSP UK & Ireland said.

“The deal has also been welcomed by our regional travel clients, who are looking forward to the opportunity to bring an instantly recognisable food offer to their platforms and concourses, and we hope to be able to grow the partnership beyond these initial sites.”

Malcolm Copland, commercial director, Greggs, added: “We are pleased to team up with SSP as our newest franchise partner.

“We know that high quality food-on-the-go and convenience go hand in hand and this partnership further expands our presence in busy travel hubs, giving us the opportunity to bring our range of products to more customers each day.”