Loungers, the fast-growing cafe/bar/restaurant company led by Alex Reilley, has secured its first site for 2013, a year in which it plans to open between 10 to 12 new outlets. The 26-strong group will open its first site next year on a former Blockbusters unit in the Westbury on Trym suburb of Bristol. It is thought that the Westbury on Trym site, called Grupo Lounge, will open in January and will be the first of 10 - 12 openings next year. Other sites set to open 2013 include Lounge sites in Fallowfield and Didsbury in Manchester, and a 6th Cosy Club in Exeter. Loungers, who were founded 10 years ago in Bristol when it opened the first of five sites in the city. At 3,100 sq ft the Westbury on Trym site will be the largest of its Bristol sites and will include a 40-cover first floor roof terrace. Speaking of the new Bristol site Reilley said: “Having recently celebrated our 10th anniversary it seems rather fitting to be opening our first site since 2006 in the city where it all began for us. Westbury on Trym is an area that has always been on our radar and an ongoing stream of emails from local residents imploring us to open in the area persuaded us that there was a real demand for a Lounge there.” Last month, the group reported a 6% rise in like-for-like sales for the first 17 weeks of its current financial year and confirmed its next raft of openings. Reilley told M&C Report in June that it has identified the potential to operate at least another 250 Lounge sites across the UK. He confirmed that the group was on schedule to open its first site in the North West, the Brasco Lounge in Liverpool’s Mann Island scheme this November. It has secured its first four planned openings in the North West – including sites in the Wirral and two in Greater Manchester - and said it had identified more than a dozen target locations in the region. The group will open its fifth site under its more female-orientated brand, Cosy Club, in Cardiff in November and Reilley said that the company hoped to open another Lounge in December, which would take the number of openings for the year up to nine.