Greggs has more than 1,500 branches in the UK but only one across the whole of Cornwall – in Saltash – but angry locals had despised it for years.
Pasty lovers rejoiced today after the only Greggs in Cornwall shut.
The bakery giant only opened the branch in Saltash in September 2018 but residents quickly expressed their outrage.
It was quickly branded “junk” and “Satan’s franchise”.
Now, after a “thorough review”, Greggs has closed the branch, which was part of a small shopping centre.
“People love a pasty in Cornwall. There isn’t a Cornish person around who doesn’t have a pasty at least once a week – and people like them traditional,” Ann Muller, a pasty maker with 35 years of experience and owner of Ann’s Pasties, said.
“I’ve never been to a Greggs and I don’t know what they’re like.
“I don’t know what the competition is like in Saltash, maybe there’s lots of competition there and people are loyal to their established bakeries.”
Greggs, which has more than 1,500 branches across the UK, does continue to look for new opportunities in the southwest of England.
But people took to social media to share their delight at the closure.
“We don’t want that slapped up junk down here anyway, we have hundreds of lovely eateries so no need for them,” one person posted.
Another said: “You can’t beat a traditional Cornish bakery.”
One man commented: “It was just stupid to open one in Cornwall anyway.
“It’s obvious that Cornish people will use Cornish bakery’s where they can get a Cornish pasty.”
However, a A Greggs spokesman said: “We confirm that following a thorough review, the Greggs at Saltash Service Station closed.
“We continue to look for new opportunity sites across the South West of England as part of our long-term plans.”
The bakery chain, which has headquarters in North Tyneside at the other end of the country, introduced a vegan sausage roll last year .
It quickly became very popular and, at just £1, is now one of its bargain favourites.
By John Bett & Bradley Jolly