Mollie’s opens second site in Bristol amid further expansion plans

Mollie’s, the hotel and diner concept designed by Soho House, has officially opened its second site in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

The brand launched in 2019 with a Motel, Diner & Drive-Thru in Buckland, Oxfordshire. The Bristol launch, which follows a £15m investment in the property, will be followed by a third, larger hotel and dining concept in the former Granada TV Studios in Manchester city centre in 2022 with Soho House located above Mollie’s on the building’s top floors.

The brand said a further 10 locations have already been earmarked as part of the immediate expansion plan.

An independent British brand, Mollie’s is backed by majority shareholder Javad Marandi OBE (Soho Farmhouse, The Conran Shop, Anya Hindmarch and Emilia Wickstead) with co-shareholders David Elghanayan (Nema Strategic Land and Nema Capital LLP) and CEO Darren Sweetland (Soho House, Tesco Plc).

Mollie’s is led by CEO Darren Sweetland – former EMEA finance director of Soho House and Commercial Finance at Tesco.

Sweetland said: “We believe Mollie’s has the potential to forge a new type of travel, one that pushes the boundaries on traditional views of a budget stay and creates truly memorable experiences. We have high hopes that it will quickly become Britain’s favourite stopover.

“There is a space in the market for more luxury, low-budget stays, and we are filling it with style, character, sophistication and comfort. A market historically filled with traditional low-cost hotels will now have a new brand that exudes class in every detail.”

He added: “Mollie’s marks a new era of positivity for the UK hospitality sector, bringing employment, growth and energy to the market, with a raft of exciting openings planned across the country.”

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