Sites in Ipswich and Loughborough have been secured for the next openings of Bar Sport, the sports-focused brand run under franchise. The lease at the Ipswich outlet has been assigned from Mitchells & Butlers; it currently operates as the Colmans. It’s full Bar Sports makeover won’t be completed until the New Year. The Loughborough site, due to open on 17 November, has also been secured on a free-of-tie lease basis from a private landlord. The site, currently not trading, formerly operated as a Bar Sports before the company fell into administration in 2008 - Bar Sport founder Scott Murray bought the company out of administration for an undisclosed sum last year. Murray said he expected sites in Sutton, Crawley, Exeter and Tunbridge Wells to be secured soon for openings in early 2012. The first Bar Sport franchise this year opened in August at the Waterside in Merry Hill, West Midlands. Murray said trading at the site had been “exceptional”. In the summer, Murray said he wanted to open Bar Sports in every UK town and city via franchise agreements. Under the scheme, Bar Sport helps would-be franchisees secure a free-of-tie leasehold or freehold. Incomers pay a £35,000 franchise fee and Bar Sport takes 5% of turnover. Murray said in-going costs for franchisees average at around £200,000. Murray said Bar Sport also provides marketing and PR assistance, and discounts are provided if franchisees buy drinks from nominated suppliers. Before the collapse of the original Bar Sports, Murray planned to operate up to 100 Bar Sport franchises.

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