Loungers has reported an encouraging performance for its first four weeks of post-lockdown trading.

The 165-strong group has now reopened almost all of its estate, with the exception of one Cosy Club site in Leicester due to open this Friday, and has seen like-for-like sales just 1.7% down compared to the same four week period last year (4 July to 2 August).

Whilst it is still early days for the group’s recovery, it has said it is “encouraged by the initial strength” of trading to date, and remains confident that it will “emerge strongly from this period.”

Having initiated a phased reopening on 4 July, the group accelerated its programme last month, and announced plans to open a brand-new Cosy Club site in Birmingham on 10 August.

It also decided to permanently close two sites – The Banco Lounge in Bristol and the Allegro Lounge in Northfield.

Speaking at the time, CEO Nick Collins said: “It remains our view that Loungers is well placed coming out of lockdown and we are optimistic with regards to future trading and the continued planned growth of both our Lounge and Cosy Club brands.”