Hed Kandi, the UK-based music and lifestyle brand, has confirmed plans that it is looking to open three to five branded late-night bars a year across the country. As M&C Report revealed in March, the brand, which was established in 1999 and is now owned by Ministry of Sound, is initially targeting sites with a minimum of 2,000sq ft across the South East and London. The company opened its first bar in Clapham, London in November 2010 and is opening in Ibiza and Brighton this summer. It has appointed Cushman & Wakefield, the property consultant, to source locations for the planned roll out. The new chain of bars will have “a strong emphasis on design, customer service, and experience”. Iain Hagger, Ministry of Sound group managing director, said; “We are very pleased to have Cushman & Wakefield on board to help us to secure the best locations for our new openings. Following the success of our Clapham venue we are excited about bringing the Hed Kandi experience to more people across the UK.” Thomas Rose, an associate at Cushman & Wakefield, said, “We are delighted to have been exclusively retained by Hed Kandi to help open bars across the UK. Hed Kandi is one of the world’s most successful dance music and lifestyle brands; the UK bar scene hasn’t seen a development of this scale and experience for a number of years.”

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