BrewDog, the fast-growing Scottish brewery and bar operator, has secured new sites in Newcastle in Leeds as it moves closer towards its target of opening 10 pubs this year. The company has secured the lease on a site in Newcastle’s Dean Street, which was formerly Hoko 10. BrewDog co-founder James Watt told M&C Report: “The [refurbishment] work should start next week. It should about an eight-week fit out. We’re pencilling in April [for the opening].” The new leasehold site in the Leeds Corn Exchange is currently unlicensed, and BrewDog is due to attend a licence application hearing this morning. Subject to a licence being granted, the company hopes to open the site in May. BrewDog’s next opening in Nottingham, its fifth, is set for 25 February. Meanwhile, work on BrewDog’s new £7m brewery is set to begin on 27 February, with a target to begin brewing by October or November. The 3,000 square foot brewery is to increase capacity 10-fold. Funding for the expansion of the brewery and pub estate comes from the £2.14m raised last year via BrewDog’s Equity for Punks share issue.