Greggs will revamp stores into a “bakery food on the go” format
Greggs’ new chief executive unveiled plans yesterday to pull the chain away from its roots in the dwindling bread business and focus on food-on-the-go after posting a slump in profits.
Roger Whiteside said 70 per cent of customers visited Greggs for “food-on-the-go”, but it was losing share in the £6bn market due to growing competition from sandwich chains and exposure to declining categories like bread.
“To win we have to be a fully focused food-on-the-go retailer,” he said.
The group will now spend the next three years revamping stores into a “bakery food on the go” format emphasising new ranges of lunchtime food and afternoon snacks like pizza and cake.
Greggs will also slow the number of openings to 30-40 stores compared to 100 last year, relocating to busier areas like workplaces and travel hubs.