Customers in front of the first Greggs shop

About Greggs

Over eighty years ago, John Gregg started out with one goal, to deliver (by pushbike) fresh eggs and yeast to the families of Newcastle. Greggs on legs, if you will…

Ten years later, he chained up his bike and opened Greggs of Gosforth. Making, baking and selling fresh bread and tasty treats from his very own shop on Gosforth High Street…there’s still a Greggs there today, although it’s looking a little bit different these days!

The first Greggs store in Gosforth
A row of the first Greggs vans

Over the years we’ve opened more and more shops across the nation, and have become somewhat of a Nation’s sweetheart in communities far and wide. Our menu has also changed with Britain’s taste. The long-standing Greggs fans among you may even remember the olden days before the hotly-debated Vegan Sausage Roll, or our freshly ground Fairtrade espresso.

Yep, we’ve loved rolling through the decades with our customers. But, behind the freshly made sandwiches and golden puff pastry, we’ve always been committed to doing good. Way back in the sixties, we started with our free ‘pie n peas supper’ for older residents in the North East. Today, we’re still as committed as we’ve always been. Through Greggs Foundation and with support from over 100 partners, we provide 7.5 million free wholesome breakfasts to primary school children every year. Our support for the Children’s Cancer Run has raised over £30m to fund research into improving recovery rates of children with cancer. All of this, and so much more. We love our communities and we’re proud to be able to give back to them.

So, here we are today. With over 2,000 Greggs in the UK, the important stuff still matters to us. Like serving food that’s free of the nasty stuff (we don’t use artificial colours, flavours, added trans fats or MSG) and keeping our colleagues happy. We’ve even been named one of the happiest places to work in the UK, we’ll take that!

We're hard-working, but above all else we're family; and it doesn't matter who you are, where you are from or what your favourite bake is, when you come into our shops, you’re part of the family too.

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