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Fans of the pasty tradition rejoice when Greggs is forced to close his only branch in Cornwall

It’s Greggxit! Traditional pasty fans rejoice when Greggs is forced to close his only branch in Cornwall after just one year amid furious after-effects from the locals

  • The only Greggs bakery in Cornwall closed and failed to impress the locals
  • The Greggs bakery opened in Saltash in 2018, but locals have opted for Cornish pies
  • When the patisserie opened the locals branded the “junk” and “Satan franchise” food
  • Bosses confirmed that his shop in Cornwall had been closed after a “thorough overhaul”

First there was Brexit, then Megxit and now the traditional pasty fans have even had a Greggxit after having forced the famous bakery to chain its only branch in Cornwall a year after its opening.

Locals in Saltash reacted angrily after the winning Greggs franchise opened in their county in September 2018, marking it “junk” and “Satan’s franchise”.

By choosing to stay true to their famous Cornish Pasties, the locals opted to avoid the bakery chain, going against the rest of the UK where Greggs has seen tremendous growth.

First there was Brexit, then Megxit and now the traditional pasty fans have even had a Greggxit after forcing the famous bakery to chain its only branch in Cornwall a year after opening

First there was Brexit, then Megxit and now the traditional pasty fans have even had a Greggxit after forcing the famous bakery to chain its only branch in Cornwall a year after opening

The bosses this week confirmed that his shop had been closed after a “thorough review”.

Despite having around 1,500 stores across the UK, Greggs has returned to having no presence in Cornwall.

And the locals hailed the decision as a victory for the traditional cooked favorite, nicknamed him Greggxit following Britain’s imminent withdrawal from the EU and the decision of the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle to abandon high royal duties.

They also questioned why Greggs even tried to settle in his heart.

Ann Muller, a 35-year-old commercial pastry chef and owner of Ann’s Pasties, said, “It wasn’t on my radar, I’ve never been to Greggs,” and I don’t know how they are.

‘People love a pastry in Cornwall. There isn’t a Cornish person around who doesn’t have a pastry at least once a week – and people like them traditional.

“I don’t know what the competition is like in Saltash, maybe there is a lot of competition there and people are loyal to their established bakeries.”

After hearing the news, the locals also said that Greggs should have “stayed away”.

By choosing to stay true to their famous Cornish Pasties, the locals opted to avoid the bakery chain, going against the rest of the UK where Greggs saw huge growth

By choosing to stay true to their famous Cornish Pasties, the locals opted to avoid the bakery chain, going against the rest of the UK where Greggs saw huge growth

Carole Serbert wrote on Facebook: “We don’t want that slap stuff to be here, however, we have hundreds of delicious restaurants so I don’t need it.”

And David Rowe added, “You can’t beat a traditional Cornish bakery.”

Shaun Norman added: ‘It was simply stupid to open one in Cornwall.

‘It is obvious that Cornish people will use Cornish baked goods where they can get a Cornish pie rather than the slice of pastry from Greggs. They would never survive here.

And Kevin Yeomans said, “I can’t imagine it was a good business idea with all the big Cornish bakeries, similar to all the supermarkets that supply Ginsters!”

At the time of the Greggs’ opening, people in the area said it happened without “fanfare” and after two weeks of trading it has not yet appeared in the shop location section of the Greggs website.

A Greggs spokesman said: “We confirm that, after careful review, the Greggs at the Saltash gas station have closed.

“We continue to look for new sites of opportunity across South West England as part of our long-term plans.”

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