Bakery chain Greggs is looking at opening more shops after reporting double-digit sales growth, so far this year.

The popular high street food retailer said sales were up 17.1% in the first 19 weeks of 2023, compared to last year.

Sales grew by more than £100m to reach £609m, up from £495m last year, and bosses said further expansion is planned.

The company opened a new store at Glasgow Airport this year and others are set to follow.

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Greggs said, in a trading update: “In line with our previously-communicated capital expenditure plans, investment projects at our Birmingham and Amesbury distribution centres are underway and will deliver additional logistics capacity to support further expansion of our shop estate.

“We anticipate that this additional capacity will become available in the second half of 2024.”

This year, so far it has opened 63 new shops, including Glasgow Airport.

Greggs added: “The pipeline for the remainder of the year is strong.

“In the year to date we have closed 26 shops, giving a total of 2,365 shops trading at 14 May (comprising 1,908 company-managed shops and 457 franchised units).

Greggs said new menu items and its vegan range were popular and added to the growth.

As well as the popular sausage rolls and pasties, the firm said hot pizza, chicken goujons and wedges have helped keep sales high.

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Despite the cost of living crisis affecting customers and inflation leading to rising costs, the company said it expects to see good performance continue.

It added: “whilst we expect the macro backdrop to continue to be challenging, we are confident in making further progress.

“Although we expect to see ongoing material cost inflation, we have good forward cover on key commodities.

“Consumer disposable incomes are likely to stay under pressure, but we remain confident that our outstanding value proposition continues to be compelling.”