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We have been looking at opening a bar under the brand for a year or so now and have ear marked 2 venues for the venture. Both buildings offer totally different prospects dependant upon investment. One is a brand new unit and the other is a former licensed premises.Both venues are in a suburb of Manchester.
Brand New Unit
This is 2,665 sq ft at ground level with the option of adding a mezzanine level. It is in an ideal corner location in the heart of the town in question. Having spoke to Steve Howie, a realistic figure for fitting this out is £300,000. Steve Howie runs a design and build company, he has over 25yrs experience in design and 5 years plus in offering a complete package of design and build. Stringfellows, london and JJ Whispers, Surrey are just two of many successful projects in his portfolio. A business he has designed has never failed and the quality of his work means the fit out lasts for many years compared to some. This is the dearer option on all aspects. A mock up of how this could look is in the background picture.
Former Licensed Premises
These used to be a social club but had been run as more of a late night venue up to its closure a year or so ago. It is only a few steps and across a road from the brand new unit so is not in the better location. It consists of a large foyer with two rooms leading off it. One room is rather large with the other smaller in size, there is also a further room upstairs and a kitchen, plus toilet facilities on both levels. Although these premises need a total strip out etc and would be looking at a rough price same as above, there is also the option of tidying up the premises (refitting toilets, ripping paying in desk and stage out, a new bar which I have sourced a reclaimed one from a place in Ireland, carpeting, decorating etc). A brewery has even offered some used furniture free of charge. Which would be the much cheaper option. The rent etc on this is about a quarter of the above so can be a much more viable on a small budget.
We are trying not to give too much away on the site as we do not want someone to go the idea's alone and leave us out. We have had meetings with 2 family owned and 2 micro breweries, also accountants etc. Our main problem now is investment, in the current banking climate it is near impossible to secure finance for anything, let alone a bar. On this note we are now offering an investment opportunity for someone who would like to come in and offer to finance the venture in return for a substantial share in the business. If this sounds like something you have been looking at getting into but have not known too much about the trade then this could be the ideal situation for you. Want to talk more about the opportunity to invest and more about our plans then either email paul@souljuice.co.uk or phone 07708 759380



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