GREGGS has closed one of its shops in Bolton town centre.

A spokesman for the chain, which closed its branch in Crompton Place Shopping Centre last month, said staff have been transferred to other bakeries in the area.

He said: “I can confirm our shop in the Crompton Place shopping centre closed in December and the shop team members were redeployed locally.

“Greggs customers will still be able to buy their favourite Greggs products at our nearby shops in Newport Street and in the Market Place shopping centre.”

He added: “Our priority for the next two to three years is to improve the quality of our existing estate and we are reshaping it through a combination of shop relocations, reformatting, and some shop closures.”

Greggs, the UK’s biggest bakery retailer, has closed a number of bakeries across the country in recent months and is closing all of its remaining in-store bakeries.

Its network, comprising 1,671 retail outlets and employing 20,000 people, will be supplied solely by its regional bakeries.

The moves are part of a plan that could result in more than 400 job losses nationally.

Crompton Place manager Malcolm Angus said: “Greggs has closed at Crompton Place, which was a decision made by the company itself, and we will be working hard to find a new business to take over the unit.

“There are other bakeries and eateries for our shoppers to choose from, including a new Subway which opened shortly before Christmas and has been trading really well.

“We are also home to Greenhalgh’s and Scoopalicious which has its own range of delicious milkshakes.

“BHS also has its own café which is very popular with our shoppers.”