Oct 5, 2021
Greggs speeds up shop opening plans
Greggs says it plans to accelerate its store opening plans to 150 a year as part of what it calls an "Ambitious" target to double turnover over next five years to about £2.4bn.The move comes despite the bakery chain saying it had been hit by staff shortages and disruption to supplies. In a trading update, Greggs said like-for-like sales increased by 3.5% in the third quarter of the year, against the same period a year earlier. Which has more than 2,100 shops but now plans to hit 3,000 over the next few years, said it had "Not been immune" to well-publicised supply chain pressures affecting the UK's food and drinks firms. Greggs also warned it expected costs to climb over the next few months. "Supply chain issues and labour shortages remain a key risk for Greggs with no end in sight. Temporary interruptions for some ingredients could result in the Group reducing its range and would hamper current momentum.Ross Hindle, analyst at Third Bridge, said:"From a pricing point of view, Greggs chose to pass on the chancellor's VAT discount to their customers.
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