The hugely-popular British bakery chain is to close its ovens nationwide within a matter of hours in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Greggs – the sacred cure to all those hangovers we took for granted – joins the likes of McDonald’s, Primark, Starbucks, Nando’s and Topshop (I’m not going to list them all – it’s too f*cking depressing), all of which have closed their doors for the indefinite future in response to the spread of COVID-19.
The bakery chain will shut down indefinitely at the end of the business day, today, until further notice. Initially, Greggs had removed its seating areas and shut its toilets in response to growing coronavirus measures, but was still allowing customers to purchase their delicious baked goods and take them away.
I.e. my life.
The popular chain announced in a statement that these takeaway measures were no longer strong enough.
A Greggs spokesperson added that its employees will continue to be supported “with full contract hours for as long as we are able” amid store closures – at least for the time being.
The full statement reads as follows:
“We’ve been doing everything we can to keep our shops open and everyone safe but it has become clear that to help us all maintain social distance we need to go further and close all of our shops completely.
“So, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our shops on Tuesday 24th March.
“First and foremost, thank you to our amazing colleagues for the hard work they have been putting in every day.
“They live and breathe the Greggs spirit, and we couldn’t have got through these challenging times without their unwavering positivity and cooperation.
“While we are closed, we will continue supporting our colleagues with full contract hours for as long as we are able although we will need to keep this under review as the situation develops.
“Whilst our shops will be temporarily closed, our dedication to our communities won’t stop.
“We’ll continue to provide support to our local communities by distributing any remaining unsold food and offering support for those in hardship through the Greggs Foundation.
“To our customers, thank you for your ongoing support – we know these are difficult and unsettling times, and through our community work we hope to be able to continue serving you, and your friends and families in some way.
“Last but by no means least, a special thank you to the key workers at the front line of this crisis and all those who continue to work tirelessly to reduce the spread of the virus.”
I am truly stunned.
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