Apostrophe, the patisserie café chain, plans to open two to three new sites by the end of this year, before reassessing its future funding and rollout strategy. The chain, which is led by managing director Amir Chen, is targeting up to three further openings this year in central London to take its estate of company-owned and franchise sites to 20. The company opened its second franchise site in conjunction with The Restaurant Group earlier this year at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. The new Apostrophe was the group's 17th in total, its second at Gatwick and its third airport location in total. Chen told M&C Report that the new openings this year would be self funded but that it would reassess its funding and rollout options at the start of the year, including “weighing up the pros and cons of entering negotiations with private equity groups”. He said: “It will all depend on how fast we want to rollout. At present we are operationally set up to expand in London but if we want to accelerate are open strategy or look at locations further afield then we might have to look at eternal funding opportunities.” Chen said the group, which opened its first site in Shoreditch in 2001, had experienced a strong June, with like-for-like sales up 7% on same period in 2010.