Bar premises deal shows that Leeds’ independent bar scene is booming


Local businessman Phil Harrison has successfully obtained a lease for his 3rd bar in Leeds city centre and whilst talk of the economic downturn rumbles on elsewhere Phil says that for him, business is booming.

Phil, who already owns The Reform and Verve bars on Merrion Street, was advised on the new lease by Lyndon Campbell, a property lawyer at Leeds-based firm Simpson Millar LLP. Lyndon said:

"We were able to secure a 20 year lease on the premises at Call Lane in Leeds city centre. This is a great result for Phil; the area is already a great hotspot for nightlife so I’m sure his latest venture will work well there."

Phil said:

Lease negotiation in Leeds – property experts"I’m grateful for Lyndon’s help in securing these premises. I can’t wait to open the doors of the new venue to the public and I’m sure there’ll be a drink on the house for Lyndon!"

Phil’s expanding series of ventures in the city centre bucks the downward trend elsewhere as Lyndon explains:

"Bars and restaurants have been hit hard by ongoing economic difficulties and Leeds has suffered like any other city. What differentiates Leeds from other cities is the entrepreneurial spirit of a handful of people like Phil who invest in independent ventures that offer something different to their punters."

"The commercial property market is slowly starting to pick up; those in the right position like Phil will pick up a good deal."

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