Greggs is set to open a new logistics and manufacturing site in Derby as it sets out a target of having more than 3,000 stores across the country.

The food-to-go retailer said it will open a “state of the art” purpose-built facility on a 23-acre plot on the SmartParc Segro, a high-tech food manufacturing site in Spondon, Derby.

Greggs said it will benefit from additional manufacturing capacity for products, including an expansion of its current categories and the potential to add new lines.

The facility, set to open by the end of 2026, is expected to create up to 600 jobs and will be designed with a focus on sustainability, including using its own energy centre, a rainwater harvesting system, solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.

The company opened its 2,500th store last month at the petrol forecourt of Sainsbury’s Bridgeway, Cobham, and wants to have more than 3,000 stores in the coming years.

Greggs chief executive Roisin Currie said: “We are delighted to announce our new state-of-the-art facility at SmartParc Segro Derby. This purpose-built site offers significant flexibility to add new capabilities and lines as our business evolves.

“This is a significant step in our supply chain investment and will provide much-needed manufacturing and logistics support to power our ambitious growth plans.”