Pionero Lounge has opened in the public in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, today (29 January 2024).
Since Loungers’ interim results on 28 November 2023, the group has opened new lounges in Cramlington (Coltello Lounge), Penrith (Arturo Lounge), Paignton (Costero Lounge), Caephilly (Consurio Lounge) and Ashby de la Zouch (Centivo Lounge).
Loungers chairman Alex Reilley said: “The opening of our 250th site is a hugely satisfying landmark for a business that started in 2002 in Bristol with a single cafe-bar called the Lounge.
“A lot has changed since then but our commitment to providing our customers with excellent all-day food and drink, while doing everything that we can to make a positive impact on the local community, has never wavered.
“In many ways, it feels like we are only just getting started and there is so much more for us to go after.
“We’re on track to open 34 sites in the current financial year, which will be a record for us and will involve the creation of over 1,000 new jobs. In the longer term, owe believe there is scope for over 600 Lounges alone across the UK.
“None of this would be possible without the extraordinary talent, hard work and dedication of our people, and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their contribution to building the business that Loungers is today.”
Further openings are scheduled in the coming months for Bromsgrove, Macclesfield, Chepstow, Westwood Cross, Bracknell, Ilkley, Sidcup and Yeovil.
Sites will range from brand new developments to former banks, retail outlets and restaurants on the high street.
Loungers recently said it believed there is scope for at least 600 lounges across the UK, with the company set to open 34 new sites in the current financial year.
This is over and above the group’s Cosy Club and Brightside brands, which currently have 36 and three sites respectively.