Wrights new-look Leek branch has been declared officially open with the most traditional of public announcements!
Leek Town Crier and regular Wrights customer Bill Lomas officially proclaimed the Derby Street store open by ringing his bell and declaring the store “revamped and reopened” at a ribbon cutting ceremony watched by staff and customers.
The Wrights Derby Street store was closed for three weeks after undergoing a £100k refurbishment to create space for a new salad bar, breakfast preparation area, new kitchen and storage area alongside a new layout to facilitate faster customer service.
The store is the seventh of Wrights’ 15 high street bakery stores to be given a makeover, improving the layout to maximise space and ensure the bakeries have the widest possible range of fresh food on offer.
Retail Operations Manager Julie Brereton said: “Leek store’s improvements are the most comprehensive, incorporating a new food preparation area which gives us more space to freshly prepare sandwiches and hot foods, right through to the new salad bar, showing our commitment to investing in the town of Leek and to looking after our loyal customers by expanding the choice and range of food on offer.”
She added: “We’re very thankful for the patience of customers who have waited for the programme of work to be complete and who are all reporting back on how much they love the new refit – alongside new customers who have discovered our salad bar which is proving extremely popular!”
Town Crier Bill Lomas, who has been a customer at the Derby Street store for seven years, said: “It really was my pleasure to join the team to officially declare the new look store open Mel, Vicky and the team are always so welcoming and I have always appreciated the professional, efficient and friendly service that I always experience in the store. To have this quality matched by the newly finished customer service area with even more choice of foods really is something to shout about!”
Wrights operates 15 independent bakeries across the North West and has been a local employer in Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe since the business began in 1926 when Jack and Lizzie Wright sold pies to neighbours from their Stoke-on-Trent doorstep. Its 600-strong workforce manufactures and distributes savoury pastries, sweet bakery and ready meals into retail and hospitality sectors and Wrights Chicken Balti Pies are currently available in select Tesco stores until 14 March.