Greggs has announced it plans to reopen hundreds of stores to customers for takeaways from Thursday with the aim of welcoming sausage roll seekers to the remaining 1,000 sites by early July.
Bosses unveiled the new-look stores, with floor markings, protective clothes for staff and screens at counters among several measures to protect against coronavirus spreading.
There will also be a reduced menu to ensure social distancing in kitchens and workspaces.
Among those reopening this Thursday include branches at Bilston, Merry Hill shopping centre, Cannock, Stafford, Stourbridge, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Greggs warned sales are likely to remain subdued as the chain copes with fewer customers allowed in stores at any one time, following a series of small-scale trials near its offices.
As a result of the expected fall in sales, an unspecified proportion of staff “will remain furloughed until sales levels begin returning to normal”, the company said.
The Newcastle-based business has taken a tentative approach to reopening, with management keen to avoid any rushes or overcrowding at sites following its three-month closure.
Rivals KFC and McDonald’s have seen long car queues for drive-thru services and non-essential retailers were greeted with hundreds of shoppers waiting to snap up a bargain, as stores were able to reopen their doors on Monday.
Greggs had been allowed to stay open throughout the lockdown, offering takeaway and delivery services.
But bosses declined, saying it felt remaining open would compromise the safety of its employees.
See a full list of stores set to reopen in the Midlands here:
Aston, Birmingham, U54 Cuckoo TP, B7 5SY
Bilston, 102 Church St, WV14 0BJ
Birmingham, 51 Warstone Ln, B18 6NG
Birmingham, 85 New St, B2 4BA
Birmingham, U6 Cherry St, B2 5LS
Birmingham, Waterside Ctr,
Birm BP, B37 7YN
Birmingham, 5 Bull St, B4 7LB
Birmingham, Bull Ring, U3B
Bullring SC, B5 4BA
Birmingham, U18B Fox SC,
Washwood Hth Rd, B8 2EP
Birmingham, 41 High St, B4 7SL
Bloxwich, 143 High St, WS3 3LG
Brierley Hill, Intu Merryhill, Lwr
Mall, DY5 1SH
Brierley Hill, 240 High St, DY5 4JD
Cannock, 1 Market Hall St, WS11 1BU
Castle Brom, 28 Timberley Ln, B34 7EH
Chelmsley Wd, Ulg Wst Chlmsly Wd SC, B37 5TN
Chelmsley Wood SS, Chester Rd, B37 6RD
Dudley, 11 Castle St, DY1 1LF
Erdington, 1016 Kingsbury Rd, B24 9PZ
Fradley, U2A Stirling Ctr, Common Ln, WS13 8NQ
Oldbury, U14 Oldbury Green RP, B69 3DD
Perry Barr, One Stop SC, 2 Walsall Rd, B42 1AA
Perry Barr, 97 Thornbridge Ave, B42 2AB
Princess End, Outlet: Tipton, 162 High St, DY4 9JB
Rubery, 175 New Rd, B45 9JW
Selly Oak, U9A Selly Oak SP, B29 6SN
Sheldon, Whirlwind SS, New Coventry Rd, B26 3HL
Shirley, U14 Parkgate SC, B90 3BQ
Solihull, Touchwood SC, B91 3GS
Solihull, 33 High St, B91 3SJ
Stafford, 58 Greengate St, ST16 2JE
Staffordshire, MFG Gailey, ST19 5PR
Stourbridge, 62 High St, DY8 1DX
Sutton Coldfield, Red Rose SC, B72 1XX
Sutton Coldfield, Princess Alice RP, B73 6RB
Tamworth, UM Ventura RP, Ventura Park Rd, B78 3JD
Tamworth, U20 Ankerside SC, B79 7LG
Walsall, U12A Saddlers SC, WS1 1YT
Weoley Castle, Birmingham, 144 Weoley Castle Rd, B29 5QL
West Bromwich, New Sq SC, B70 7PP
West Bromwich, Birmingham Rd, B71 4JZ
Wolverhampton, U25A Wulfrun SC, WV1 3HG
Wolverhampton, New Cross Hospital, WV10 0QP
Wolverhampton, 16 Marsh Ln Pde, WV10 6RU
Wolverhampton, 3 Dudley St, WV1 3EN
Wolverhampton, 24 Market St, WV1 3AG *Just Eat & Click+Collect only
Yardley, U9 Swan SC, Church Road, B25 8UJ
EURO Cannock, WS11 9NA
MOTO Frankley, B32 4AR
MOTO Frankley North FC, B32 4AR
MOTO Frankley South FC, B32 4AR
MOTO Frankley South Kiosk, B32 4AR
MOTO Hilton North, WV11 2AT
MOTO Hilton Park FC, WV11 2AT
MOTO Hilton Park South, WV11 2AT
MOTO Stafford, ST15 0EU
MOTO Tamworth, B77 5PS