£3.5m pumped into first Revolution Bars to open since Covid

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New sites: Revolution opens first bars since beginning of pandemic
New sites: Revolution opens first bars since beginning of pandemic

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Revolution Bars group has ploughed £3.5m into its new Exeter, Devon and Preston, Lancashire venues – its first openings since the start of the pandemic.

The two sites take the Group’s total number of sites to 69 with Revolution now accounting for 49 of those.

The Grade II-listed, 720 capacity Exeter site is located on Queen Street – a central location linking the high street with both the Central and St David’s train station as well as the main university campus.

Following an initial £2m investment, the site is expected to create more than 70 jobs in the city, providing an economic boost ahead of the summer months.

Encouraging moves

Revolution Bars Group chief executive Rob Pitcher said it was “hugely encouraging” the business was in a position to restart its expansion after the myriad of challenges presented by the past two years.

“We are incredibly excited to add these new sites in Exeter and Preston to our portfolio,” he said, adding “they’re both centrally located statement buildings, providing us the perfect backdrop to host unforgettable nights out for our guests.”

The 600 capacity venue in Preston will be situated on the junction of Fishergate and Friargate – the two main pedestrianised streets leading to the railway station and the university. The Preston site will also obtain a substantial initial investment of around £1.5m, and will create approximately 50 jobs.

Bright road ahead

Both sites will provide guests with the business’ signature range of 50 vodkas, as well as cocktail serves, alongside food and entertainment offerings.

Pitcher said: “The road ahead is very bright indeed for us, although the industry is still fraught with obstacles in the form of inflation, soaring utilities bills and depleting consumer confidence in the face of the cost-of-living crisis.

“It’s vital that the sector is able to continue its recovery uninterrupted and that support is made available when and where possible.”

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