By Gavin Gibbon
Solutions Leisure CEO, Paul Evans, is launching a book about his incredible life story, called 'When I Woke Up'
The CEO of Solutions Leisure, Paul Evans, has revealed major expansion plans for its Lock, Stock & Barrel brand in the UAE and throughout the world.
The company already operates two of the popular live music bars in Dubai – its flagship outlet in Barsha Heights, which opened in 2016 and JBR, which opened the following year.
Evans told Arabian Business 80,000 people visited the venues last month and said plans were afoot to take Lock Stock & Barrel to Downtown Dubai and open a branch in Abu Dhabi next year.
Lock, Stock & Barrel already has an international presence in Kazan Palace, Russia and Evans said they’ve signed a deal to open a venue in London – while he wouldn’t give away the exact location, he said it is “bang in the middle” of the UK capital.
He hoped that would be open by late summer next year.
“That’s my real passion at the moment that the team have been able to build a concept that somebody in London will invest their own money in and partner with us and build a Lock Stock in London,” he said.
Evans also revealed there is potential to have a further opening in Amsterdam.
He said: “Next year could be Abu Dhabi, Downtown [Dubai], London and Amsterdam. What a year that would be. It would be amazing.”
It would signal massive growth for the group, which started with the opening of Q43 in Media One Hotel, in Dubai’s Media City, in 2013.
Solutions Leisure currently operates nine venues including Q43, Lock Stock, STK and Asia Asia, among others, and employs 850 people.
Evans, who has brought out a book about his incredible life story, called ‘When I Woke Up’, revealed the company had a turnover of $150 million this year and hinted at an “amazing project” to be announced in early January with partners at Atlantis The Palm – where Solutions Leisure already operates the Wavehouse dining, entertainment nightlife destination – describing it as “something that’s going to blow the nuts [and bolts] off the F&B sector”.
And he is keen to see the brand develop even further.
Asked where the company will be in five years’ time, the 45-year-old said: “I think we’ll probably have 20 Lock Stocks around the globe. As we’ve gone from being Dubai’s leading F&B company, my next plan is to take us onto the world stage and be considered to be one of the leading F&B providers on the planet.”For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.