Loungers has applied to open two new sites in Somerset, in Street and Wells.

The Lion Capital backed operator has submitted planning applications to Mendip District Council for locations to open the sites under its Lounge format.

The sites are proposed for 41 High Street, Wells, and 107 High Street, Street, which is a former Co-op branch.

Earlier this year, Loungers said it planned to open seven new sites before its year-end in April, with 25 openings planned in total for 2019.

The Lounge and Cosy Club operator, which is understood to be sounding out advisors ahead of a potential IPO, will end the financial year on 146 sites.

In January it revealed like-for-like sales had grown 11% in the five weeks to 6 January with total sales up 31% to £18.3m.