Greggs confirms Ballymena outlet has closed

THE Greggs outlet in Ballymena’s Fairhill Shopping Centre has closed.

Other outlets in Larne and Omagh are also shutting.

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

It is unclear at this stage how many staff positions will be affected.

The company has said they were earmarked for closure before the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for the bakery chain said it is hoped staff can be redeployed to other outlets.

Recently published results indicated Greggs sales were running at 72% of 2019’s level, with the majority of outlets trading again.

The high street chain reported a loss of £65.2m in the six months to July.

That is in comparison to a pre tax profit of £36.7m in the same period last year.

A spokesperson told BBC News NI that Greggs has evolved its presence by diversifying store locations and looking at more roadside or travel locations which are convenient for consumers.

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