The inaugural Greggs Eco-Shop has opened, providing the food-on-the-go retailer with a chance to start testing in-store sustainability initiatives.
Based in Great Billing, Northampton, the Greggs Eco-Shop is the company’s first ‘store of the future’ concept – and it aims to operate with a reduced environmental impact compared to the properties in its existing portfolio.
The first Greggs Eco-Shop has recyclable flooring, cistern-less and air assisted toilets, eco-ovens, heat pump air curtains, and solar control glass. All initiatives in this Northampton site are focused on waste management, water reduction, or overall energy reduction.
Successful new ideas and technologies from this test store are expected to be rolled out across the broader shop estate in due course. The plan is to have 250 Greggs shops featuring elements from this futuristic format by the end of 2022.
Longer term, Greggs wants a quarter of its shop estate to feature elements from the Eco-Shop. It is hoped this work will help reduce the business’s carbon footprint each year.
Tony Rowson, property director at Greggs, said: “As a responsible business we have a duty to our customers and to our planet to change the world for the better.
“Our new Eco-Shop format gives us a platform to develop and test solutions to minimise our impact on the environment by cutting our waste, energy and water usage. As we continue to trial new and innovative sustainability initiatives we look forward to making real progress in our goal to becoming a greener Greggs.”
The first Greggs Eco-Shop is located at The Causeway, Great Billing, Northampton. Greggs worked alongside three specialist consultancies to develop and design the store: Innovation Gateway, Quantum Zero and Bureau Veritas.
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