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A MAJOR bakery chain renowned for its sausage rolls is set to open eight new branches within weeks.

It comes after the giant announced plans to open up to 160 new locations before the end of the year.

Greggs is opening eight stores within weeks

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Greggs is opening eight stores within weeksCredit: Reuters

Greggs already confirmed in January it would open eight branches across the UK, including in Cambridge, Sale and London.

It has now revealed to The Sun a further eight locations where it is set to pull up the shutters on stores.

The chain will open sites in Saffron Walden, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

It will also welcome in customers to new branches in Porth, Glasgow and Bangor.

The full list of locations opening within weeks is:

  • Saffron Walden, Market Place, England
  • Bangor, Carnarfon Road, Wales
  • Birmingham Prime Park, England
  • Brierley Hill, Merryhill, England
  • Consett Delves Lane Drive Thru, County Durham, England
  • Edinburgh, 60-61 Seafield Road, Scotland
  • Glasgow, Argyle St, Scotland
  • Porth, U3C Geilligron IE, Wales

We have asked Greggs what dates the eight branches will be opening and will update this story when we have heard back.

It comes after the bakery chain revealed plans to open up to 160 new branches this year.

It shared the plans in its January results, and after opening a record 220 new shops in 2023.

However, it did also close 33 branches and relocate 42 locations, leaving it with 145 new sites on a net basis.

Greggs reveals their new summer menu

The remaining locations of the up to 144 branches set to open are yet to be revealed by Greggs.

Opening stores is not the only move Greggs is making across the high street and in retail parks.

It is also continuing to roll out evening opening hours across some of its stores.

These extended hours are currently available in around 1,200 shops.

The chain posted a 7.4% rise in like-for-like sales in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same three months in 2023.

It added it felt “confident” it would open the up to 160 net shops this year and its board’s expectations for the full year had not changed.

In March, record profits meant the chain shared its biggest payday with staff, with a £17.6million bonus pot shared between 25,000 employees.

That means the average worker received £765 amid the cost of living crisis.

Earlier this week, it revealed a major menu shake-up with six new items being added – including a returning favourite.

Back on menus is the chicken pesto flatbread, spicy Mexican bean flatbread and cherry bakewell muffin.

Greggs’s Summer Menu

The full list of new items:

  • Chicken Pesto Flatbread
  • Spicy Mexican Bean Flatbread
  • Cherry Bakewell Muffin
  • Apple & Strawberry Fruit Pot
  • Vegan Mexican Chicken-Free Bake
  • Vegetable Bake

Greggs Iced drinks menu:

  • Mango & Strawberry Cooler
  • Strawberry & Cream Refresher
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Cloudy Lemonade
  • Over Ice Americano
  • Iced Latte

There’s also an apple and strawberry fruit pot, vegan Mexican chicken-free bake and vegetable bake to pick from.

Greggs was founded by John Gregg in 1939, opening its first shop in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951.

It currently operates more than 2,400 locations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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