Greggs, one of the UK’s leading food-on-the-go retailers, has opened its 2,000th shop at the new £21m transport interchange in South Shields.
The new shop, which is located on the ground floor concourse at the new interchange on Keppel Street, was officially opened on Friday 23 August, creating 15 new jobs.
It features café-style seating and is part of the company’s efforts to bring Greggs to customers’ on-the-go lifestyles, including shopping centres and travel hubs.
The shop was dressed in special wrapping paper for the event was unwrapped for a 7am grand opening by Joanne Wilson, who will be the manager of the new shop. Joanne has worked with Greggs for 15 years and is thrilled to be opening the shop on Friday, which also happens to be her birthday.
Roger Whiteside, Chief Executive at Greggs, said: “The north east is where Greggs started its journey, so we’re delighted to be opening our 2,000th shop in the North East.
“As shopping habits and work locations continue to evolve, our expansion plans are reflecting this, we are now opening drive-thru sites, industrial parks, travel hubs and service stations, so its no surprise that our 2,000th shop opening reflects this evolution.
“Our shops have changed a lot over the past 80 years, as we’ve upgraded our estate to offer a more contemporary food-on-the-go experience, but we still remain true to our values today and are proud to serve over six million customers per week.”
Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The new transport interchange in South Shields is among the best in Britain, so it’s a fabulous location for Greggs to open their 2,000th shop there.
“To have such a popular and high profile retailer like Greggs is a great for the new interchange and passengers will benefit from the convenience of that.
“It’s ideal for commuters who need to grab delicious and convenient snacks and drinks while they make their daily journeys on local Metro and bus services.”