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Leisure Facility for sale

King Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL4


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  • Business for sale

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Tenure: Leasehold

This child's play centre occupies substantial premises, ideally located within the centre of the town of Farnworth, near Bolton, Greater Manchester. The business is situated on a small retail park and is surrounded by a wealth of complementary businesses, therefore benefiting from a very high volume of footfall and passing trade. The business further benefits from excellent car parking facilities to the front of the property.

Farnworth is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester. Historically in Lancashire, the town lies on the River Irwell and River Croal. According to the 2011 census, Farnworth had a residential population of 25,264. The town is a popular place in which to live and work, due to its close proximity to Bolton, Bury and Manchester.

The area of the business boasts excellent public transport links, with the town's main bus station being located just a minutes' walk away, with bus links to the many surrounding towns and cities. Farnworth railway station is less than half a mile away. The area also offers excellent road links with the A666 being within easy driving distance, which links to the national A-road and motorway networks. Bolton is approximately 3 miles away and Manchester is 8½ miles away.

Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market Edward Frances Play Ltd. Trading as Wobbly Bobs. This well-established and very popular child's play centre is ideally located within the town of Farnworth, Greater Manchester.

The business was originally established in 2006 and has been in our clients' careful ownership since 2009. Only now is the business being offered to the market due to our clients' desire for an early retirement. The business currently operates 7 days per week and generates a turnover in the region of £134,200 per annum, with a gross profit of approximately 87%.

Our clients offer a variety of children's play facilities including a toddler zone and ball play area for under 2 years old, with various soft shapes and rockers, a wedge slide and foam steps, plus much more, as well as an under 5 zone with play equipment, a slide and a 'let's pretend area'.

For the older children there is a state of the art play structure, which consists of a three lane waterfall astra slide, spiral tube, a rainbow lollipop spinner, 2 x ballpools, 7 x monkey swings, 3 x cargo nets with stepstones, ariel glide with bouy swing and rope bridge, plus much more. Our clients also offer a large party room, which is open 7 days per week and can accommodate up to 30 children, dependant on age.

The 50 cover café offers a wide variety of fayre including toasties, sandwiches, Panini's, jacket potatoes with various fillings, salads, cooked meals, breakfasts and snacks, as well as a selection of hot and cold beverages. The café boasts a 5-star food hygiene rating.

The business has built up an excellent reputation within the area and further afield for the high quality of play services and parties offered, which has resulted in a very loyal client base, with a high volume of repeat trade and word of mouth recommendations.

We feel there is scope to increase the turnover by extending the opening hours, especially in the summer months. A new owner could also embark on a modest marketing campaign to highlight the excellent services offered. The business already has a very informative website in place.

This is an excellent opportunity for a new owner, perhaps a husband and wife team or partnership, to take this already thriving business to the next level; therefore, early viewing must come highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Large industrial unit, set within a prime trading location, briefly comprising:

Main door leading to reception area.
Large play area on the ground floor with ball pools, activity sections, slides, climbing frames etc.
Large serve over counter serving confectionery, Slush Puppy drinks and gift bags with an ice cream freezer and drink chiller unit.
Various vending machines for sweets and children's gifts.

Well equipped kitchen with:

Rijo coffee machine.
Large stainless steel sinks.
Stainless steel preparation area.
Chest freezer.
Microwave oven.
Hand wash basin.
Extractor fan.
4 x electric hob and oven.
Large flat plate griddle.
2 x deep fat fryers.

Ladies, gents' and disabled WC with baby changing facilities.
Private children's party room.

First floor:

Tables and chairs for approximately 60+ covers. This is currently being used as an overflow for the ground floor and our client currently hires it out for conferences.
Additional party room, which is currently under development.


Good signage.
Roller shutter doors.

We are advised Leasehold:

Rent: £2,704 + VAT per month, which includes all utilities.

The business is open:

Monday - Sunday: 10.00am - 6.00pm

The business is owner run and managed with 9 x staff members.

The business generates a turnover in the region of £134,200 per annum, with a gross profit of approximately 87%.

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