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Shop for sale


Offers in Excess of £295,000
209 sq. m.

Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale
  • 2,249 sq ft (209 sq m)
  • Use class orders: A1 Shops and A3 Restaurants and Cafes

Key features

  • Excellent cafe and gift shop close to the Nevis Range
  • Bright and spacious cafe with 40 covers
  • Quality retail unit with good range of fixtures and fittings
  • External decking area with bench seating
  • Excellent customer facilities
  • Set in outstanding trading location

Full description

Tenure: Leasehold

This successful and popular café and gift shop is used by locals and tourists alike. Situated in the Lochaber Rural Complex, and surrounded by a range of various businesses the business is located in an attractive modern property enjoying an elevated position with 360 degree views of the Nevis Range and surrounding countryside.

This purpose built property, constructed in 2007, provides excellent trading accommodation throughout. The business trades on two related income streams; the retail aspects and the cafe. The business operates year-round with a period of closure in Jan to allow the owners time off for holidays etc. However, with the Nevis Range and Ski Area only ¾ of a mile away there is undoubtedly scope to remain open.

The Shop sells a wide range of products from gifts, jewelry, confectionary, and tourist memorabilia as well as a small range of locally sourced foodstuffs including wholefoods, organic, gluten free and environmentally friendly products.

The smart retail area is attractively merchandised with a mix of fitted, free-standing display units plus a number of freezers and refrigeration units. There is no doubt that this area could be utilised for a lot of purposes, should new owners wish to adopt a different trading model.
Bike Hire, Ski equipment, outdoor merchandise etc could all be incorporated as there is plenty of floor space as well as various storage areas within the property.

The cafe has a most tranquil outlook with views towards the towering mountains. An appetising range of fresh home baking is available with quality fair-trade coffee. Seating circa 40 customers internally, the cafe benefits from an area of decking for those taking their refreshment alfresco. The business trades profitably employing a number of staff (numbers depending on seasonality). The café and shop boasts a number of awards including a 4 star Visit Scotland rating, Eat Safe Award from Environmental Health, Taste our Best Award from Visit Scotland plus a Certificate of Excellence in 2014 from Trip Advisor.

The owners originally traded a Farm Shop, on this site from 2004 but in 2007 took a long lease and built the current property which has seen a significant improvement in their business activity. Trading under the name of Lochaber Farm Shop they diversicated into the assortment of products and successful and café operation we see today. Both husband and wife team are currently employed in the business and it is their desire to turn their attention to their other work commitments which sees this charming business being presented to the market.


From a prime trading location overlooking the busy A82, equidistant from Fort William and Spean Bridge, The Lochaber Farm Shop is well located in a sustainable and attractive setting being presented in truly walk-in condition. The fixtures and fittings throughout are in generally excellent order and represent a rarely available self-employment opportunity. Set within the Lochaber Rural Complex, located amongst other businesses and education facilities, the shop and cafe have a regular clientele.

This café and retail unit is situated 5 miles from Fort William, which has an excellent range of hotels, B&Bs, shops, restaurants etc. The town is recognised as the "Outdoor Capital of the UK" and with rugged mountains and deep-sea lochs, the area hosts some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery and with it a host of bird and wildlife. Miles of unspoilt countryside provide terrain to please walkers and climbers of all aptitudes. Sailing, water sports, coastal cruising and fishing are all available locally. Field sports and mountain biking are other popular pursuits and the proximity to Nevis Range adds skiing to the list. The popularity of the area for winter sports complements summer tourism to drive strong levels of trade. Fort William also has a wide range of social and welfare facilities.


Purpose built in 2007, this is a modern and attractive single storey property under a pitched roof. The Net Internal Area (NIA) of the property is 209m2 with an external area of 20m2 decking.


From a car parking area, via a disabled ramp access is via a double door which leads to a corridor with the shop to the right and the cafe on left. From this main corridor access can be gained to the ladies, gents and disabled washrooms. Through double doors the shop has an open plan layout with a variety of displays and shelving. The service counter is centrally situated presenting a good location to supervise customer requirements whilst being close to storerooms and office facilities. The cafe is set to 40 covers utilising free-standing tables and chairs with some soft furnishings. The servery has a 4 metre counter providing excellent space to display a wide range of produce and baking with additional storage to the rear wall. From the servery access can be gained to the kitchen providing for ease of customer service.

There is no owner's accommodation with this sale.

The business benefits from a spacious well-equipped kitchen which is fitted out with wall and floor mounted units. There are ample work stations and the unit is fully compliant with Environmental Health requirements. Throughout there is excellent storage with a large general store plus a separate utility storeroom. The business benefits from spacious office and staff washroom facilities. The property has a rear access which is ideal for deliveries and staff use. The building has a spacious attic with a pull-down ladder access. The grounds extend to circa 0.29 of an acre and provide for customer parking. There is a general wooden storage shed.

The business benefits from mains electricity, water and private drainage. With oil fired under floor central heating, the building is double glazed throughout. The property is fully fire and environmental health compliant.

Tuesday to Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday - 12 to 4 pm
Opening Days / Hours can vary depending on the time of year.

The vendors believe there is scope to develop trade further with the extension of trading hours, different business models and the use of e-commerce sales.

The business operates profitably and full trading figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.

Offers over £295,000 are invited for assignation of the long lease and property complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory). The lease will endure until 31st May 2057, however we are assured that extension of this would not be a problem. A copy of the lease will be made available to genuinely interested parties. Stock at valuation.

The property has an EPC rating of 'G'.

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