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Bury St Edmunds councillor calls for action over the 'terrible state' of Britain's 'fanciest' Greggs





A town councillor is calling for action over 'the sad and terrible state' of the Greggs store in Bury St Edmunds.

Bury town councillor, Tom Murray, made his comments after the store, on Abbeygate Street, was featured in a national newspaper last week for its unique location.

It has already been dubbed 'Britain's fanciest Greggs' by The Sun.

Bury St Edmunds, Abbeygate Street Greggs, as it looks today. Picture: Chris Morris
Bury St Edmunds, Abbeygate Street Greggs, as it looks today. Picture: Chris Morris

However, cllr Murray said in a Tweet. "I see the Bury St Edmunds branch of @GreggsOfficial featured in today @thetimes.

"It's history etc it's sad its in such a terrible state, blocked guttering, rotting timbers windows and plaster in need of urgent repairs in one if our finest streets."

In the latest article, The Times wrote: “Ye Olde Greggs” is housed in a 17th-century grade II listed property on Abbeygate Street and the glazing on the storefront dates back to 1797'.

It added: "In keeping with Bury’s genteel ways, so subtle is the signage you might actually miss it."

The Sun, meanwhile, quoted visitor comments, who called it the 'Greggernaut" of all Greggs, 'Ye Olde Gregges' and 'somewhere Harry Potter might eat'.

Cllr Murray, added: "I don't know the situation with the lease, and whether it includes repairs, but I think a company of such status as Greggs should take the bull by the horns, and take the initiative to do something about it.

"It is a beautiful building, on a prime shopping street but the state of it makes it look more like it should be in a slum.

Rotting wood at street level. Picture Chris Morris
Rotting wood at street level. Picture Chris Morris

"Something needs to be done about it before the summer, at least.

"With all of the peeling paint, blocked guttering, loose plaster, I worry that it is also slightly dangerous"

Last December, The Sun newspaper also ran a story saying 'furious foodies' had also blasted the store for 'inedible food', based on Tripadvisor reviews.

Peeling paint at the store
Peeling paint at the store

Suffolk News visited however and found the staff helpful and the food good value.

Cllr Murray is calling for 'urgent repair work'
Cllr Murray is calling for 'urgent repair work'

Greggs has been approached for comment.