Bakery to open at former Reigate bank

Gail’s, the artisan bakery chain, is to open at the ground floor of what was Lloyds, at 4 High Street, Reigate.

The planned opening date is 13 May, a spokesperson for the company said earlier this week.

The firm’s website says that it has 60 bakeries in the UK, and that they “bake fresh, handmade bread, pastries and cakes every day, served with our carefully-sourced house blend specialty coffee.”

Branches offer take-away and (in non-lockdown times) eat-in service.

Gail’s is advertising a number of jobs for the Reigate operation.

No planning applications are yet listed on the borough council’s website: whether these will be needed depends on what changes are planned.

The change of use from a bank to a bakery does not of itself necessarily need approval: from last September new national rules have widened the changes of use that can be made without needing council permission.

The site has been vacant since August 2019 when Lloyds departed.

The building, with its distinctive frontage, is locally listed and was constructed in the late 1800s.

Gail’s is one of a number of businesses planning to open in the High Street, including Veeno and Lounge.