Greggs to trial 24-hour drive-thrus as it reveals plans for 150 new bakeries
A 24-hour drive-thru!
Greggs has just announced it is to open 150 more branches across the UK and extend its opening hours — which will include 24-hour drive-thrus.
The openings are set to take place this year as part of major plans to expand after the chain recorded bumper profits in 2022 despite the cost of living crisis. It will offer a 24-hour drive-thru service as a trial operating at selected sites.
The high street bakery is known for its value among workers hunting for food that won’t break the bank on their lunch breaks.
However, the chain has put its prices up several times over the last few years blaming rising costs for its decision. The cost of ingredients to make Greggs’ pastries has been rising, along with energy bills and staff’s wages.
In January it increased the price of a sausage roll from £1.15 to £1.20 — which is the fourth price rise since 2021 when the snack cost just £1. Greggs, which currently has around 2,300 shops, aims to open more branches in airports, train stations, shopping centres and supermarkets under the new plans.
It said it hopes to expand its number of branches to over 3,000 in the coming years.
After making profits of £148.3m last year, Greggs put it down to the ‘value’ it was offering its customers impacted by the cost of living crisis. Last year, the opening hours of 500 shops were extended to 8pm or later and this year it plans to extend opening hours in 300 shops to 9pm.
Greggs was first founded by John Gregg in the late 1930s when he began delivering yeast, eggs and confectionery on his bicycle to homes around mining terraces in Newcastle. The company then opened its first shop on Gosforth High Street in 1951 and the firm has gone on to become a household brand.
As reported by LBC, chief executive Roisin Currie said: “2022 has been a year of strong progress for Greggs, the result of committed efforts to deliver our strategic growth plan.
“The significant opportunities on which the plan is based will remain centre stage in the year ahead as we make Greggs more accessible to even more customers.
“Although consumer incomes remain under pressure, Greggs continues to offer exceptional value to people looking for great tasting, high-quality food and drink on the go.
“We have an exciting, ambitious plan for the years ahead and, by continuing to nurture what makes Greggs special, I believe we are extremely well-placed to realise the opportunity to become a significantly larger, multi-channel business.”
Driver in vintage Ford Sierra Cosworth caught doing 104mph in 30 zone
The driver could now face a hefty fine and lengthy ban
A driver was caught doing 104 mph through a 30 mph zone in a vintage sports car.
The speed camera flashed the white Ford Sierra Cosworth on Albert Royds Street, Rochdale, on Sunday afternoon, March 19th. GMP Traffic posted a picture on their Twitter page with the caption: “Words Fail!”
Responding to the GMP tweet, Councillor Daniel Meredith replied: “Hopefully gets the book thrown at them! Words fail! This is a residential area with children playing. Not Silverstone!”
The driver could now face a hefty fine and lengthy ban. Motorists caught doing high speeds can be hit with a ‘Band C’ offence — the most serious category of driving offence which can lead to driving bans of up to 120 days. Police also have the power to seize the vintage motor.
But the owner will be desperately hoping that doesn’t happen, as last month a rare Sierra Cosworth sold for almost £600,000 at auction.
Below the GMP post, tweeters filled the comments, with one saying: “Regular occurrence on that road. It’s a race track.” And a second typing: “Horrendous. Let’s hope courts back you up and get this clown off the road for a long scratch.”
Though some commenters, with knowledge of the car, jumped in with something less serious to say, as one put: “Probably trying to time travel back to the 1980s.” Another chimed in: “No wonder police couldn’t keep up with these years ago!”
And someone else joked: “Fire up the Quattro!”
McDonald’s brings back iconic Coke glasses in new peel-to-win game with cash prizes
It’s time you win yourself a new set of Coca-Cola glasses!
McDonald’s is launching a new promotional game this month with millions of prizes up for grabs — including cash prizes and the iconic Coke glasses.
The brand new fun promotion is called Winning Sips — where customers can peel back stickers on their McDonald’s packaging and be in with a chance to win prizes including £10,000 in cash, menu favourites, bucket hats, towels, and plenty more.
Launching on March 29th Maccies fans will be familiar with the peel-to-win format. But, as the name suggests, you can only play by purchasing medium or large soft drinks and milkshakes. All you have to do is peel back the sticker to reveal an Instant Win prize, or App Play game piece.
With the App Play game piece, customers will need to use the McDonald’s App — which is free to download from the Google Android or iPhone app stores — to scan the code to be in with a chance of winning.
Those who do this will be automatically entered into a prize draw for the opportunity to receive one of 10 cash prizes of a whopping £10,000. Fans are incredibly excited, especially about potentially winning themselves a new set of Coca-Cola glassware.
One said: “Omg wow remember these.” A second put: “Nostalgia. Reminds me of the ones from when we were younger.” A third joined in saying: “The glasses are back. Brings back memories, this.” While another wrote: “We’re going just to get these. So nostalgic.”
Of course it’s not exactly the same as Monopoly. You won’t be collecting game pieces the same way, and you won’t find any stickers on food items. The competition will be running from 5am on March 29th until 11.59pm on April 25th.
Full list of Winning Sips prizes:
- £200 Cash
- £100 Cash
- £50 Cash
- £20 Cash
- £10 Cash
- £5 Cash
- Sausage & Egg McMuffin
- Hash Brown
- Big Mac
- 6 Chicken McNuggets
- Fruit Bag
- Apple Pie
- Sugar Donut
- A Regular McCafé Hot Drink
- Medium Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
- Medium Milkshake
- Coca-Cola Glasses
- McDonald’s branded Socks
- McDonald’s branded Towels
- McDonald’s branded Bucket Hats
- £10,000 Cash
To enter, simply purchase any medium or large soft drink. These include:
- Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
- Diet Coke
- Sprite Zero
- Coca-Cola Classic
- Fanta Orange
- Chocolate milkshake
- Strawberry milkshake
- Banana milkshake
- Vanilla milkshake
There’s a limit of eight-game entries into the McDonald’s app, so don’t waste your money by trying more than that. You also have to be aged 18 or above to play. Customers have until May 9th, 2023 to claim their free prizes.
Maccies fans worried this is replacing the popular Monopoly promotion don’t need to worry, as it’s still coming ‘later in the year’, although a date has not yet been confirmed.
Noel Gallagher responds to Oasis reunion rumours after Liam says ‘it’s happening’
Could it be on the cards?
Noel Gallagher responds to fresh Oasis reunion rumours after his brother Liam suggests ‘it’s happening’.
Noel Gallagher has dropped the hint he could be up for a reunion after his brother Liam Gallagher made claims the band could be getting back together.
The brothers, who hail from Burnage, had a public fall-out in 2009 which saw Noel quit the band following a backstage argument. At the time, Noel said he ‘could not go on working with Liam a day longer’, later claiming he had been subjected to ‘verbal and violent intimidation’.
Over the weekend, Liam was asked by a fan on social media if there was a ‘small percentage that Oasis get back together’, to which he responded with: “It’s happening”. This led to speculation over social media that the brothers had made up with each other and could reform Oasis.
Noel implied the ball was in Liam’s court about getting the indie-rock group back together, and that he was waiting on his brother to get in touch with him about a potential reunion.
“There’s something in the papers back in England today,” he told France Inter. “He should get his people to call my people; they know who they are, they know where we are. Stop talking on the f*****g internet, and let’s see what you’ve got to say.”
Noel added that he felt it was up to his brother to make the first move, telling the French radio station: “He’s got my number, he’s got my manager’s number, call us. But you know what? He won’t call.”
His comments have led fans to message Liam on social media to encourage him to reach out to his brother. One fan tweeted the frontman: “C’mon then LG, Noel has challenged ‘your people’ to pick up the phone… is your bag still packed?”
In response, Liam said: “All he got is yes men I don’t deal with yes men,” before adding: “He ain’t got no people.” Another fan asked: “You called ‘Noel’s people’ yet”, to which Liam replied: “Cowboys more like.”
In another tweet on Wednesday March 22nd, Liam said the two had a lot of making up to do before any reunion could happen. The comment led fans to believe any sign of a reunion could be further away than first hoped for.
Liam tweeted: “Here’s how I see it the little fella aka potato has done a lot of damage to Oasis as a band / brand he’s got a lot of making up to do not just to me but to you the fans the people that put us where we are today as you were LG x”.
One fan replied: “Yeap, but nevertheless, call him and put your conditions on the table.”
Another commented: “Now or never for Oasis, he’s never been that open in an interview until now. No need for other people just need to sort it between yourselves and the band. Arrange the meet and call!”
Formed in 1991, Oasis have sold more than 70 million records worldwide, with eight UK number one albums and singles. The band were recognised at the 2007 Brit Awards for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’.