People got too excited for Greggs to reopen so they had to scrap their plans
Guys this is why we can’t have nice things
Greggs has been forced to scrap plans to reopen 20 stores after everybody got too excited.
In a prime example of why we can’t have nice things, the chain was scared an “excessive number of customers” would stop them being able to effectively test in-store social distancing measures.
Trials had been due to take place across the baker’s Newcastle branches, but an overwhelming social media reaction made the chain think twice. They will now be carried out behind closed doors.
— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) April 30, 2020
Starting from Monday, employees during trials will practice social distancing and be provided with PPE.
Under revised plans, deliveries may begin before customers are allowed to return into shops, the FT reports.
CEO Roger Whiteside told staff: “It was never our intention to attract high levels of customers to these trial shops.”
The overwhelming reaction has slowed down Greggs’ overarching plans to eventually reopen its more than 2,000 branches across the country. With the trials pushed back, and no date set for walk-in customers being served in those branches, we might have to wait a little longer for a vegan sausage roll.