Eclectic Clubs & Bars, the Avanti Capital-backed late night operator, has acquired KuKui, the up-scale destination bar and club business, for an undisclosed sum, as it targets a 40-strong estate. The deal for KuKui, includes the brand name and its site in Bournemouth. Its other site in Oxford is set to be returned to the landlord. KuKui, which was set up by internet entrepreneur Harvey Sinclair and Stuart Kerley, former ops manager at the PoNaNa Group, appointed Coffer Corporate Leisure earlier this year to review its options. Eclectic, which is led by managing director Reuben Harley, is set to convert the 500-capacity Bournemouth site to its Lola Lo concept in time for the start of the student year in September. The company has also acquired a new-build venue in Friar Street, Reading, which will be opened as a 500-capacity Lola Lo in September and will include a large outdoor area to be known as “Tiki Beach”. The group is also closing its Po Na Na venue in Edinburgh at the end of this month for conversion to a Lola Lo, with the re-opening scheduled for mid-August. The total cost for the three projects in Bournemouth, Edinburgh and Reading is £1.6m. The new sites will take its estate to 12 under the Lola Lo, Sakuri, Po Na Na and Fez club brands. Harley said: “Eclectic is delighted to be able to open these new venues to further consolidate our position as the UK’s biggest Tiki-bar operator. “We are on a serious acquisition trail and our goal is to eventually have 30–40 sites up and running in the UK. The success of our existing Lola Lo and Sakura venues has confirmed that these brands travel well, and bring stylish and exciting entertainment to the towns and cities where we are established.” University towns and cities continue to be at the top of Eclectic’s site-search list, with prime targets including Bristol, Cheltenham, Durham, Exeter, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield and, for unbranded operations, central London. Harley said: “As we grow it is our intention to enhance each town’s late-night economy, and to continue to be a responsible and considerate member of the local community.”