Greggs ‘could offer a franchise scheme’ says chief McMeikan

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High street baker Greggs has hinted at offering a franchise scheme to independent retailers.

Speaking at the ACS Summit this week, chief executive Ken McMeikan said some of the locations where it planned to open stores in the future might be better suited for franchising. “We manage all of our estate ourselves,” he said. “There’s no franchise operation at the moment. But some of the locations that we might go into could be through a franchise route if we chose to go down that way.”

Greggs laid out plans in 2008 to move into a raft of new locations and in 2009 opened its first forecourt store in a partnership with independent forecourt operator Euro Garages.

McMeikan also urged lobby groups to pressure government to look closer at how banks lend money to small businesses.

“I don’t think individuals have the power or the clout to do what is needed,” he said. “You need a very strong voice at the moment to hold a mirror up to the banking industry and show them how difficult life really is. The issue for businesses is how much you’re having to pay for the money that they are prepared to lend. It’s not helping us to get the high streets open again. The lobbyists have to speak on this very loud and clear to government.”

McMeikan revealed that Greggs plans to expand its Breakfast Club scheme. It runs 169 clubs across the UK, helping 8,000 children. Greggs wants to grow the scheme to 300 clubs.

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  • we would like to have a Greggs franchise kindly let us know how soon we can arrange the meetings.
    Minu Devjani.

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  • hi
    i have a place in highgate but there is no greggs around the location and i want to request a franchise i will be more then happy if i could receive an email thanks

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  • Hi

    I have a place in the Wirral Rockferry I think it do very well as a Greggs it is already a cafe.

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  • please let me have details for Greggs franchise
    Look forward to your reply
    A Amini

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  • Hello,

    I was wondering if your goin to expand into North and south of ireland?? You could do very well... Alao have you decided if you are goin to allow francises the reason I ask is because I am a retail manager with 5 years retail experience an also a keen baker and delivering excellent customer service and I would be more than happy to put my name towards such a great opportunity!!
    Id appreciate any information you could give me

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  • Where i live there is a derilict shop crying out for greggs to open up there. I would like to offer myself up to be considered for a possible franchise with greggs as it will expand the greggs name.

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  • I would like to know about greggs franchising scheme and prices please . Looking forward to hear from you. Thank you

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  • Hi

    I would be very interested in purchasing a Gregg's Franchise with a view to expanding to 3 or 5 additional stores

    Please can you email me details if you decide to franchise.

    Many thanks
    PS. I am from the Leicestershire area

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  • I would like to know how I could go about starting a greggs in my area.

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  • Dear sir or madam

    I strongly feel there is a market for a Greggs Bakery in the Isle of Man as we do not have anything of this standard and choice !!!

    My husband and I would very much like to be part of a franchise with your company that with hard work has seen success over the years .

    We would very much like to arrange a meeting with yourselfs to hopefully discuss the matter in more depth .

    kind regards


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