The chain temporarily closed all 2,050 stores on March 24, as lockout restrictions took effect, even though new government rules said kitchens could be left open for takeout.
He later changed his mind on plans to reopen 20 of its sites, fearing that enthusiastic customers would gather in the crowd.
A Greggs spokesperson said, “We have planned and delivered robust shop trials using our new operational security measures and they have progressed well, now allowing us to open more of our stores from the mid-June.”
He’ll offer a lean menu, but his vegan sausage roll and long-established pork version will be on display, as well as hot drinks.
The UK’s fast food and cafe chains are speeding up their plans to reopen now that the initial foreclosure measures are gradually being relaxed. Restaurants and pubs in the UK have been allowed to prepare food in their kitchens for collection or delivery despite the foreclosure, many offering free meals to NHS staff and other key workers.
McDonald’s has reopened 33 drive-through restaurants in London and the South East and more to come in the North, while rival Burger King has reopened about 50 locations for drive-thru and delivery. Over the weekend, KFC passed 500 restaurant openings, more than half of its 964 properties in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including 350 points of service behind the wheel.
Nando’s peri-peri chicken chain announced Tuesday the reopening of 54 additional outlets for delivery, click-through and collection in the UK and Ireland, and another 40 are slated to reopen on Wednesday. So far, it had only reopened six for delivery orders to London and Manchester, and was clicking and picking up customers at other sites, including Belfast, Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Worcester.