A Greggs fan who has visited more than 50 branches of the chain is on a roll to tick off every store in the country.
Mairead Sheehan fell in love with the chains vegan sausage roll when they were launched by the bakery chain earlier this year.
The 26-year-old vegetarian started her binge in Newcastle, the home of the chain, where she couldn’t believe how many branches were crammed into the city alone.
And after snapping pictures with her favourite snack outside every store, she realised her pals found it hilarious – and even set up an Instagram page to post the evidence and now she’s vowed to visit all 1,764 branches of the bakery giant.
She said: “I started posting the pictures on Instagram and my friends thought it was hilarious – then strangers started commenting.
“I’ve been to more than 50 stores so far, but I’m planning to add a lot more to my total by visiting some big cities and going on multiple Greggs visits in one day.”
Mairead, a lifelong vegetarian, said her life changed when the chain launched its vegan snack.
She added: “When Greggs brought out the vegan sausage roll I was in heaven.
“There are all sorts of places that do vegetarian junk food but for me it’s always been a novelty – my friends were getting a sausage roll when hungover and I couldn’t do that.
“I was always quite jealous because it’s so quick and easy and it’s only £1- being a vegetarian is so much more expensive, you have to find alternatives and different places to eat.
“I remember going on holiday and having to eat only nachos and pizza for two weeks.” Her go-to combo at the bakery is a sausage roll and cloudy lemonade.
Mairead was visiting Newcastle for the weekend in September last year, when she realised she was in the ‘Greggs capital’.
She added: “I was blown away by how many Greggs there were in Newcastle – then I started looking into it and found out the original Greggs is from here and that’s how it started.
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