Yorkshire is set to have its first-ever Greggs drive-thru. That’s right, you’ll be able to enjoy all your favourite baked goods without leaving the car.
The new Greggs will be located in Bradford on the site of Bradford pub, Cross Keys pub on Rooley Lane. The planning application was approved by Bradford Council. The car park at the back of the closed pub has been torched by arsonists, used as a flytipping location by people.
Sapphire Ltd’s application was submitted back in July to replace the closed pub with a Greggs saying it had closed “long before the Pandemic” and that there was “no realistic prospect” that the drinking venue would re-open any time soon.
Planning officers said: “The demolition of the stone built public house is unfortunate however the building is not statutorily protected i.e. it is not a listed building or within a conservation area and so if a building of a good design is proposed it is not considered to be reasonably to insist on its retention.
“There is also considered to be an adequate level of parking provision and sufficient space within the site for cars to queue within the site to make use of the drive-through.”
The bakery chain opened its first drive thru in 2017 in Manchester, and has only opened a limited number of drive thru’s since, although they are now looking to expand this side of their business, with new branches having opened in Wales and Cumbria in 2021.
Development Harry Khinda and Director of Strategy Amardeep Atwal, who are both originally from the Rooley Lane area.
Mr Khinda said: “It will be the first drive thru Greggs in Yorkshire.
“There are only about six or seven across the country. Greggs are looking to expand this part of their business. We had a lot of interest in the site from names like Costa and Tim Hortons. We decided to go with Greggs, we felt it would be the perfect fit for that area.”
“With the area it is in we thought it would be better to be a Greggs than a Costa. People would be less likely to spend £6 on a coffee and sandwich. Greggs is much cheaper.
“It will be a place people can meet up, or just get something to eat on the way to work.
“There is a lot of employment in that area – it is a main road into Bradford with a lot of employers and lots of houses nearby.”
The new bakery will create 20 to 25 jobs and be open 6 am to 10 pm, and will also install electric vehicle charging points in the business’ car park.