Bristol-based all-day café/bar operator Loungers has opened its 58th and 59th sites, in Southampton and Bishop's Stortford respectively.
Maritimo Lounge opened in the Admirals Quay development in Ocean Village in Southampton following an investment of £650,000. The 4,800 sq ft site is the group's third Southampton site.
Meanwhile, Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire has seen the opening of Cambio Lounge in a unit formerly occupied by Belgique, following a £550k investment. The 5,700 sq ft unit has 800 sq ft of outside space on the bank of the river Stort.
Nick Collins, Loungers MD, said: "We're delighted to have opened our third site in Southampton and expect big things of Maritimo particularly in the warmer months when our massive south-west facing terrace should be a ‘must go to' spot in the city.
"We're also very pleased to have opened in Bishop's Stortford, which again is a site that should enjoy very strong summer trading. We're keen to strengthen our presence in Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties and we're actively looking to push further east as well as looking at infill opportunities between Hertfordshire and the East Midlands."
Loungers expects to open seven new sites before the end of July, with five Lounges sites set to open in Frome, Epsom, Cirencester, Falmouth, and Clevedon and two Cosy Clubs due to open in Birmingham and Manchester. Collins added that contracts have been exchanged on Cosy Club sites in Coventry and Worcester as well as Lounge sites in Amersham, Wilmslow, Newport, Loughborough, and the Mumbles.