IT’S not pie in the sky: bakery chain Greggs is on the move in Haddington, and is due to take over a nearby book shop.

Famous for its sausage rolls and steak bakes, Greggs has a branch on the town’s High Street which would close if the plans get the go-ahead.

They aim to relocate to larger premises on Market Street currently occupied by Kesley’s Bookshop.

If the switch is approved, Kesley’s would move across the road to the vacant former dancewear shop at 63 Market Street, where the book shop originally traded.

A spokesman for Greggs said: “We can confirm we will be opening a new Greggs shop on Market Street in 2018.

“This will be one of our new-look shops where customers can sit in and enjoy their favourite Greggs products.

“Our shop on the High Street will close, with its fantastic team moving to the new shop.

“We will be recruiting for new colleagues and will advertise these on closer to the time.”

Plans lodged with East Lothian Council show a seating plan for inside the new Greggs, with three outside tables too.

Simon Kesley, owner of Kesley’s Bookshop, said: “Everything is subject to Greggs’ planning application getting the go-ahead.

“I don’t visualise it happening immediately, it could be within the next three to six months.

“As a result of family circumstances, we are moving across the road.”

The bookshop has been based on Market Street for more than 25 years.

Originally, Simon and wife Susan opened the shop in 1991 at 63 Market Street.

Then in 2007 they moved across the road to their current home and Susan later opened clothes shop Ivory next door. Ivory is being refurbished and will re-open within the next couple of weeks.

Simon, who lives in East Linton, had considered closing the book shop rather than relocating but said: “Christmas was when I had given most thought to this.

“I wondered if at 60 years old I wanted a slight change of direction before I hung up my boots, as it were.

“I then decided why change and throw away a business I have enjoyed running and being part of the community. ”

The coffee shop within Kesley’s will not continue at its new premises but Simon said that all six members of staff at Kesley’s had been told there would be jobs for them if they wished to move too.

Greggs’ plans were briefly discussed by the town’s community council last Tuesday.

Member Paul Darling highlighted the proposals, which brought no objection from the group.