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Traditional pasty fans rejoice as Greggs is forced to shut its only branch in Cornwall

First there was Brexit, then Megxit and now traditional pasty fans have even had a Greggxit after forcing the popular bakery to chain shut its only branch in Cornwall a year on from opening. 

Locals in Saltash reacted with fury after the all-conquering franchise Greggs opened in their county in September 2018, branding it 'junk' and 'Satan's franchise'.

Choosing to remain loyal to their famous Cornish Pasties, locals opted to avoid the bakery chain, bucking the trend compared to the rest of the UK where Greggs has seen huge growth.   

First there was Brexit, then Megxit and now traditional pasty fans have even had a Greggxit after forcing the popular bakery to chain shut its only branch in Cornwall a year on from opening 

Bosses this week confirmed its store had now closed after a 'thorough review'.

Despite having around 1500 stores across the UK, Greggs is now back to having no presence anywhere in Cornwall.

And locals have hailed the decision a victory for the traditional baked favourite,  dubbing it Greggxit following on from Britain's impending withdrawal from the EU and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle's decision to quit senior royal duties.

They also questioned why Greggs even tried to establish themselves in its heartland.

Ann Muller, a commercial pasty maker with 35-years-experience and owner of Ann's Pasties, said: 'It wasn't on my radar, I've never been to a Greggs' and I don't know what they're like.

'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.

'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.'

Upon hearing the news locals also said Greggs should have 'stayed away.'

Choosing to remain loyal to their famous Cornish Pasties, locals opted to avoid the bakery chain, bucking the trend compared to the rest of the UK where Greggs has seen huge growth

Carole Serbert wrote on Facebook: 'We don't want that slapped up junk down here anyway, we have hundreds of lovely eateries so no need for them.'

And David Rowe added: 'You can't beat a traditional Cornish bakery.'

Shaun Norman added: '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 rather than the s**t pasty slice from Greggs. They were never going to survive here.'

And Kevin Yeomans said: 'I can't imagine that was a good business idea with all the many great bakeries in Cornwall, similar to all the supermarkets stocking Ginsters!'

At the time of the Greggs' opening, people in the area said it happened with 'no fanfare' and after two weeks of trading it still didn't appear on Greggs' website store locator section.

A spokesperson for Greggs, 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.' 

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