Greggs Ltd (LSE: GRG) is the largest specialist retail bakery chain in the United Kingdom.

It was established in the 1930s as a single shop on Tyneside but now has approximately 1,400 outlets.

It is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and is listed on the London Stock Exchange where it is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

Greggs was founded by John Gregg as a Tyneside bakery in 1939.

It opened its first shop in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951.

Major expansion began soon after it was taken over by his son, Ian, on John's death in 1964: this included the acquisitions of other bakeries such as Glasgow based Rutherglen in 1972, Leeds based Thurstons in 1974, Broomfields the Bakers, London, Bowketts the Bakers Kent and Manchester based Price's in 1976.

Source: Wikipedia