City centre Greggs could be open 24 hours

Greggs could open one of its Liverpool city centre branches 24 hours a day.

The bakery giant has launched an application with Liverpool Council to allow its Lord Street venue to extend its opening hours to provide a service potentially around the clock seven days a week.

The company has asked the city council to grant them a premises licence which would also allow for late-night refreshments from 11pm to 5am.

If successful, Liverpool would become the latest city in the UK where Greggs has opened a late-night offer.

Currently, the Lord Street location – which opened to much fanfare in May 2019 – operates from 7am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 8.30am to 7pm on Sundays. When it opened its city centre branch four years ago, Greggs said the business was investing in Liverpool and bringing new jobs.

It has since extended its footprint across the city, opening a Tasty by Greggs cafe as part of a £3m extension at the Primark store on Church Street. This was the fourth venue of its kind to open in the UK, after London, Birmingham, and Newcastle – where the brand was first formed in 1939.

The bid to open later is not the first time Greggs has locked horns with a local authority.

The business was in a lengthy battle with Westminster Council over its attempts to open a large new store until 2am earlier this year. Officials in the London borough said they felt it could cause a wave of crime and disorder.

However, the bakery firm won the right to extend trading hours into the early hours back in May, having said it was keen to join other venues in the area able to trade later.

In March, Greggs announced plans to trial a new 24-hour drive-thru service as part of huge expansion plans.

It hopes to reach 3,000 shops across the UK over time and wants to extend opening hours to 300 of its locations to 9pm by the end of 2023. It has opened more than 180 already this year.

Representations can be made regarding the bid to open later on Lord Street via Liverpool Council’s website until 25 July.

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