Saint James Retail Park resembled a pre-lockdown lunch time rush last Tuesday morning as eager Subway fans queued to get their hands on a sandwich.

Subway reopened in Dumbarton on May 12 and customers waited patiently outside the shop after going without a taste of the fast-food for eight weeks.

The store has been mapped out with stickers on the floor instructing people on where to stand and a limited number of customers will be allowed inside the shop at an one time.

Staff were informed over the weekend that they would be returning, with one source telling the Reporter: “It’s been really busy considering we didn’t really let people know.

“Only a few stores have reopened so I’m surprised people assumed we would be one of them.

“We have tightened up our hygiene policy but it is pretty much business as usual.

“I’m glad to be back. I just hope we keep the good weather so customers aren’t left queueing out in the rain.”

The sandwich chain has opened 25 per cent of its UK stores, offering a reduced menu, much like other fast-food restaurants, in a bid to keep food fresh, avoid cross contamination and reduce the number of people working on any one station. The stores are open for takeaway and delivery only.

The Subway website informed customers of the steps they are taking to adhere to government guidelines.

It read: New operational measures include new directional signage to support social distancing, enhanced hygiene practices and the supply of PPE to protect “sandwich artists”, guests and delivery drivers.

“Stores will also open with a reduced menu, operating with a selected menu of favourites, with the full menu being introduced as and when we can.

“Recently, our Franchise Owners donated over a quarter of a million Subs to local communities, key workers and those who really needed it.

“We are continuing to support NHS and HSE by offering NHS workers in the UK and HSE workers in Republic of Ireland 25% off their orders throughout May.”

The nearby Subway at BP, on Glasgow Road, near Yoker railway station, has also reopened.