BAKERY chain Greggs is to accelerate plans to open new stores across the UK, despite the warning it has been impacted by some disruption to staffing and the supply of ingredients.

The company, which has more than 2,100 shops, says it has “not been immune” to well-publicised supply chain pressures affecting the UK’s food and drinks firms.

It told shareholders on Tuesday morning, October 5, that it has “seen some disruption to the availability of labour and supply of ingredients and products in recent months”.

This has been reflected in Salisbury’s stores, with less products available and employment opportunities advertised.

In the Old George Mall site a sign reads: “We’re sorry but we might not have your favourite sandwich available today.

“We’re working around the clock to get more stock to this shop as soon as we can.

“We’re really sorry for any disappointment caused.”

Salisbury Journal: The sandwich selection inside Greggs, The MaltingsThe sandwich selection inside Greggs, The Maltings

Meanwhile a sign in The Maltings branch is advertising job vacancies.

The Journal has contacted Greggs for further information about the Salisbury stores specifically.

Generally speaking, the retail group said: “Food input inflation pressures are increasing – whilst we have short-term protection as a result of our forward buying positions we expect costs to increase towards the end of 2021 and into 2022.

“Operational cost control has been good and the strong sales performance in the third quarter gives us confidence as we move into the autumn.”

Greggs has increased its store estate by 68 stores since the start of the year and said it expects to have expanded by around 100 shops in 2021.

The steak bake maker said it will accelerate its opening programme next year, with around 150 net openings planned as it pushes towards its long-term goal of 3,000 stores across the country.

It said it also has ambitious plans to double its turnover to around £2.4 billion in the next five years, as it seeks to grow its delivery and evening operations further.

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