Cavendish Bars, the company led by Christian Arden, has expressed an interest in 10 sites formerly operated by nightclub company Luminar Leisure. Arden told M&C Report that he’s currently in negotiation with Ernst & Young (E&Y), which was appointed administrator of Luminar last month, and landlords of the outlets. “I have identified 10 sites and would be happy if we got two,” said Arden. “I know there are several offers in there at the moment.” Nine of the 10 sites are leasehold, he added. “We are looking at up to 10 [but] only at the right price and the right rents.” Cavendish, which currently operates 10 sites, has become the first operator to publicly admit it’s in talks for the ex-Luminar venues. Other suitors are expected to include Hugh Osmond’s vehicle Sun Capital; Atmosphere Bars & Clubs, the Sun Capital Partners-backed nightclub operator; Matterhorn Capital; R Capital, owner of Little Chef and a number of night clubs; and Luminar founder Steve Thomas, through his new vehicle, No Saints. Meanwhile, Arden revealed that Cavendish is to spend up to £150,000 transforming its Vice Versa club in Loughborough. “We are turning it from one large venue to a bar with an upstairs nightclub. At the moment it runs as one large open venue,” he said. The revamp is due to be completed in January. Arden added that aside from the possible Luminar purchases, the next year will be one of consolidation for the company.