Shop for sale

The Store, Bettyhill, Sutherland

Offers in Region of £140,000

Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale

Key features

  • Highly popular licensed grocers and newsagent
  • Excellent trading location within picturesque Bettyhill
  • A smart well maintained business with strong turnover
  • Excellent profit conversion rates
  • Scope for further business development

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Description:
The Store, Bettyhill is a most popular licensed grocery business situated in an exceptional trading location. The business caters for a solid year-round demand from local residents with the addition of strong tourist trade which peaks between Easter and October. Trade is driven through traditional grocery and news agency sales which have evolved over recent times to include a wide range of merchandise in this compact yet exceptionally well presented store. The shop provides for the daily needs for local inhabitants as there are no major retailer operators within the immediate area and this enables many complementary items to be sold such as fresh and frozen produce, chilled diary products, meats, greeting cards, bakery lines, both soft and alcoholic drinks and tobacco / confectionery sales. In addition the Store also hires out videos and sells bottled gas and coal. As an interesting and unusual aspect of the business, the owner manages the sale of fishing permits. This is a significant aspect of the business and has the benefit of drawing in sales for other goods on offer. The business is held in high regard locally with a strong and loyal customer base. The Store offers local deliveries using its own vehicle for this purpose.

Internally the Shop is all at ground level and the thoughtfully laid out retail floor space is arranged in three aisles. Refrigerated and freezer display cabinets show produce to best effect. Spacious stock storage facilities and convenient access for deliveries is another attractive feature of this well presented store. Indeed, the capacity of non-facing customer facilities could be used to develop the shop provision further or to provide other direct customer services.

Location:
The Highlands of Scotland are famous for spectacular scenery and rugged coastline and challenging mountains, a reputation which is comfortably upheld by North Sutherland. The wonderful unspoilt scenery of the famous coast line and surrounding hills combine to make this a most attractive area. The region attracts a high customer footfall from visitors to the Store in the summer months as there is no shortage of opportunities in the immediate area for holiday makers. For walkers the beautiful Sutherland terrain offers a varied degree of challenge from leisurely hill walking to more demanding mountaineering. A wide range of birdlife attracts the ornithologist and the area has a huge appeal to the naturalist. The rivers within the region appeal to large numbers of sports fishermen. Sutherland is regarded by many fishermen as “the jewel in the crown” due to its excellent wild brown trout fishing, available in an abundance of accessible hill lochs. Over many years the area has been a favourite of salmon anglers, the local rivers Halladale, Strathy, Forss, Thurso and Naver offering tremendous sport. There is also the opportunity to undertake sea angling. Golf, touring and genealogy are other favourite pastimes, together with the prospect to visit nearby Scottish castles and other historic sites. Additionally, in the vicinity there are many self-catering accommodation providers, hotels and guest houses whose patrons in turn generate trade for all the services supported by the Store.

Reason for Sale:
The present owners purchased the business 20 years ago and have enjoyed the profitable and independent lifestyle that accompanies ownership of a successful business. The proprietors are now planning to retire offering the scope for new owners to acquire this desirable lifestyle opportunity. There is little reason to doubt that enthusiastic new owners would continue to benefit from the successes to date and where desired drive higher turnover through modest business development.

The Property:
The property is single storey of timber and block construction under a pitched corrugated iron roof.

Trading Areas:
From a prominent roadside location in the village of Bettyhill, the premises have a well signed frontage and easy access. The sales area is intelligently laid out and is extremely well maintained throughout presenting a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings. The main sales counter is on the right, immediately inside the main entry, providing sensible security coverage for the sales area. This counter accommodates an electric till, with gantries to the rear which display off-sales spirits, tobacco and other key items. Further into the store are a greetings card display and a magazine rack. The main shop display area has three aisles presenting a wide range of merchandise. Extensive racking and shelving offer an excellent display of numerous grocery items around the perimeter of the store and chilled / freezer cabinets offer a good choice of items. Aisles offer an easy passage for customers separated by free standing display shelving islands which promote sales.

Service Areas:
The premises are well laid out to support the strong level of turnover achieved through the trading area. The main store-room sits to the side of the trading area. This has extensive floor space and has considerable potential for additional uses subject to necessary consents. There is an additional store for high value sales such as alcohol plus an additional storage area which is presently used as a workshop. The Store has a spacious office and W.C. Presently the service areas account for over 50% of the shop area.

Grounds:
The business is a modest property with a prominent roadside frontage. Parking within the shop environs and unrestricted roadside parking provides for patrons needs. The business has an area of private ground used as storage for gas bottles etc.

Services:
Mains electricity, water and drainage.

EPC Rating:
The Energy Rating of the property is ‘G’.

Licences:
The business has been granted a premises licence in accordance with The Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and details of the Operating Plan will be made available after viewing.

Trading Hours:
Monday to Friday - 8 am until 6 pm
Saturday - 9 am until 5.30 pm
Sunday - 10 am until 2:30 pm

Trade:
With a turnover of approximately £200,000 returning a net profit of circa £15,000. Full accounting information will be made available to genuinely interested parties subsequent to vie

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  • Forsinard (16.7 mi)
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Nearest station

  • Forsinard (16.7 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

ASG Commercial, Inverness

17 Kenneth Street Inverness IV3 5NR

01463 568016 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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