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JOHN LESLIE – INTERTAIN


INTERVIEW


KEY NUMBERS


£65 million 39


Annual turnover Number of sites 7%


JOHN LESLIE INTERTAIN CEO


Beach Club, located in an adjoining room, a space that used to look like a village hall. “We used it as an overfl ow when it got rammed in the main bar,” says Les- lie. “But it’s a prime piece of retail space so we’ve turned it into something that feels quite different.” He’s right. It’s got a more clubby feel, with different music and a more sophisticated cocktail offer. As Leslie explains, it gives people an- other reason to visit, as well as offering a premium space for private functions; PwC has booked the Beach Club for 200 peo- ple later this evening. The Beach Club will be replicated in


pub&bar Like-for-like growth over Christmas


£800,000 £9 million


“When you go through a pre-pack you have to assign the leases to the new company. But that doesn’t happen automatically. You have to persuade the landlord to assign the lease to you. And there was competition for the sites”


Cost of refurbishing Walkabout Temple


Amount to be invested in the estate over the next three years


119 minutes


Average dwell time in a Walkabout at night


8%


Share of Walkabout turnover gener- ated from food


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