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GREGGS is to open a new Cornwall branch after the first had to shut amid local outrage.

The chain has been trying to invade the home of the Cornish pasty for years.

Last year it opened a store in Saltash but that closed after nine months due to lack of trade.

Bosses are now planning a service station store near the hamlet of Victoria.

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But Jamie Kilpatrick, 43, owner of Polnoon Pasties in Saltash, said: “You would have thought they had learned their lesson.

“Cornwall is a funny place, people stick to what they know and the real thing.

“Greggs didn’t work in Saltash, they’re a massive brand but they’re up against stiff competition.

“Pasty makers here have been making them for a long time and we make the real McCoy, that’s what Greggs are up against.”

Local Carole Serbert said: “Why don’t they keep out of Cornwall?

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“Haven’t they realised we eat a lot better than that down here with hundreds of decent bakeries the length of Cornwall.”

Gary Hall said of Greggs: “Never been in one. I’d rather support independent bakeries.”

The first Greggs bakery in Cornwall was branded “junk” and “Satan’s franchise” by pasty-lovers in the pasty heartland.

The Cornish Pasty Association said: “It doesn’t affect us because, as far as we are concerned, they don’t sell Cornish pasties.

“This is a commercial decision by Greggs.”

By Adam Bennett

Source: The Sun

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