Convenience Store for sale

Cerne Abbas Stores, 9 Long Street, Cerne Abbas; Dorchester, United Kingdom, DT2 7JF

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Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale

Key features

  • Market square location in desirable village
  • Weekly shop sales c. 10,000 per week
  • Spacious 6 bedroom owners accomodation
  • Partnership run business for over 30 years
  • Exceptional home and income business
  • Significant potential to increase profits. Energy Rating D

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Description

Cerne Abbas Stores has been at the heart of the community for over 250 years, and run under the same ownership for the past 30. This attractive double fronted period store is in a designated conservation area and constructed of rendered stone elevations under slate roof with attractive sash windows refurbished by the current owners.

The property has been refurbished to the rear from a former store with cob and brick walls under a slate roof to create a first floor feature living room and study/bedroom with kitchen, dining room and utility room on the ground floor.

The store comprises a trading area of c. 800 sq ft, with a store room, post office counter and many character features unique to the property. Beyond the trading area there is a 6/7 bedroom character residence offering exceptionally spacious living over three floors.

Location

Cerne Abbas Stores stands in the market square in the centre of Cerne Abbas, a conservation area and one of the most desirable villages in Britain. Cerne Abbas is a popular tourist village near the main A352 Dorchester to Charminster Road, with stone houses, 13th Century church and the remains of the Benedictine Abbey. The major National Trust attraction, the Cerne Abbas Giant, a 180 ft tall chalk figure carved in the hillside, is nearby.

Internal Details

The double fronted shop is accessed centrally, to the left there are two gondolas, extensive shelving, three chillers and an ice cream chiller. To the right there is a further gondola, counter with delicatessen, post office community counter, till point, cigarette, wine and bread displays.

Directly opposite the front door there is a magazine rack, fruit and vegetable chiller, photo copier and sink unit. There is a store room to the rear of the shop which has a food preparation area, three freezers and two fridges. There is also a post office storage area and corridor giving access to the owners accommodation.

Owner's Accommodation

The accommodation comprises ground floor side and rear access independent of the shop, country style kitchen, boot room/utility and steps to an extended duel aspect dining area with double doors to the rear garden.

The first floor comprises of a spacious living room, which has been refurbished by the current owner, four double bedrooms and a bedroom/study. There is a shower room with sink and toilet on this floor.

On the second floor there are two further double bedrooms with built in storage and access to the eaves. Adjacent to these bedrooms are a shower room with sink and toilet and a
separate bathroom with sink and toilet. This floor would suit bed & breakfast very well.

Outside to the rear there are two beautifully presented garden areas laid to lawn with mature trees and a pathway leading to the parking area. There are no parking restrictions

The Opportunity

Having operated the business for the past 30 years the current owners are seeking retirement from the retail sector. The freehold business is currently showing weekly sales c. £10,000 and a Post Office income of £41,162.

The business trades seven days a week, offering a range of groceries, household goods, a local paper round and is currently run by the owners plus five part time staff. This business would suit a husband and wife team and offers a great deal of potential in the business and property. The business offers an opportunity to increase the gross profit margin and reduce staff cost, whilst the extensive accommodation lends itself to a bed and breakfast income or simply a wonderful family home due to the nature of area.

The business was rated 'Best Small Local Business' in 2009 in the South West.

Trading Information

We have been provided with profit and loss accounts for the year end 31 March 2016. The accounts show a turnover (excl. VAT) of £473,366 with a gross profit of £99,796 and an adjusted net profit of £60,528.

Details of the full profit & loss accounts will be provided for interested parties.


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Nearest stations

  • Maiden Newton (4.5 mi)
  • Chetnole (5.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Christie & Co , Exeter

Kings Wharf The Quay, St. Thomas, Exeter, EX2 4AN

01392 799187 Local call rate

How much will it cost me to call the number displayed on the site?

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

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