16th Greggs to open in Northern Ireland in just 2 years

16th Greggs to open in Northern Ireland in just 2 years
Greggs set to open 16th NI store at Showgrounds Retail Park in Omagh.

UK bakery giant Greggs are set to open their 16th store across Northern Ireland. The latest shop is currently being constructed in the Showgrounds Retail Park in Omagh, in a move expected to bring with it £1m of investment to the busy shopping zone in the Co Tyrone market town.

Whilst having already conquered the UK bakery market, the high street bakery brand has started to progress nicely in NI, with a multitude of outlets appearing over the last few years.

Location and opening date have not yet been released, but like many of the other outlets that have opened across the country, there is a high probability of popularity and added value of economic uplift for the area.

With recent financials being released it is no surprise the amount of interest from investors for the retailer within Northern Ireland. Total sales for the 26 weeks ending June 30 were up 5.2 percent to £476m, representing like-for-like sales growth of 1.5%.

The unit was given full planning permission last year, but Greggs’ involvement has just been confirmed. The original report from the applicants, CCP IV Omagh, suggested that between 20 and 25 jobs could be created.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph a spokesperson for Greggs said: “We can confirm we are interested in bringing Greggs to Omagh and we will clarify shop location and opening date as soon as possible.

We are continuing to look for further opportunities to open more shops in Northern Ireland this year and will share additional information as soon as we are in a position to do so.”