Greggs: bakery chain confirms closure of three NI stores

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Outlets which are expected to close are located in Larne, Ballymena and Omagh.


Bakery chain Greggs has confirmed that three of its 21 stores in Northern Ireland will not reopen.

The outlets to be closed are located in Larne, Ballymena and Omagh. It is not known at this stage how many jobs will be affected.

The company said they must be closed before the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for the bakery chain said he hoped staff could be redeployed to other outlets.

The closures, first reported in the Ulster Herald and the Belfast Telegraph, are another blow to the high street in the wake of the pandemic.

Recently released results showed Greggs sales were operating at 72% of 2019 level, with the majority of outlets re-trading.

The department store chain reported a loss of £ 65.2million in the six months to July.

This is compared to a pre-tax profit of £ 36.7million in the same period last year.

A spokesperson told BBC News NI that Greggs has grown his presence by diversifying store locations and looking for more travel or roadside locations that are suitable for consumers.

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