2 bedroom retail property (high street) for saleVacant Retail Unit, Main Street, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27
- Business for sale
- Use class orders: A1 Shops
- Former convenience store
- Prime trading location
- Wide variety of uses
- 2-bedroom self-contained owners' accommodation
* Non-trading, former convenience store within a prime trading location in the popular North Highland village of Lairg.
* Trading and service areas in total extending to 91m2 offer a flexible retail space plus external storage units offering an area of c45m2.
* Prominent trading position for a potentially wide variety of retail uses or other applications, subject to consents.
* 2-bedroomed self-contained owners' accommodation providing an ideal home to include large kitchen, dining area, lounge and family bathroom.
This vacant retail unit which previously traded as a convenience store, is situated in the highly attractive Highland village of Lairg. This Victorian building dating from 1895 has character and charm, and benefits from a prominent and central trading location on the Main Street. The unit has a large frontage offering excellent branding opportunities with two large picture windows. The main shop is open plan with a further storage /staff area to the rear; these areas plus internal storage etc. extending to around 91m2.
The business is rated for retail purposes and therefore could be resurrected as a convenience store or operated as a number of other retail outlets (gift shop / art and crafts shop etc.) The unit could also be used as a café but potential purchasers will need to confirm with the Highland Council that their proposed business operation will be permissible without the need for additional consents.
Vehicular access to the rear of the subjects provides ease of access for deliveries. The spacious external storage provides a high degree of flexibility in the unit's operation. The rear aspects could be used as a work shop; artists studio or production centre (again subject to obtaining the necessary permissions).
In addition to the trading areas, the subjects benefit from a spacious 2-bedroom flat located above the store. The current owners live very comfortably, with a lounge offering views over the Loch combining to make this an attractive home and excellent trading unit.
REASON FOR SALE
The present owners purchased Oasis Convenience Store in 2005 and have leased the property over recent years, it is now a genuine wish to fully retire which brings this retail opportunity to the market.
The property is situated in Lairg, at the south-eastern end of Loch Shin, with a population of c900, the scenery in the region is stunning and wild in equal measure; it is this ruggedness that attracts many people to live, work and holiday in the area. Lairg is unusual in the northern Highlands in being a sizeable settlement that is not on the coast. The main reason for this is that Lairg is at a confluence of 4 roads; hence being known as "The Crossroads of the North". Lairg also has a rail station which provides services to a much wider geographical area and population. The village boasts the largest single-day sheep sale in Europe which takes place in August drawing interest from all over Scotland. Lairg and the surrounding areas are popular destinations for tourists offering many and varied walks for the outdoor enthusiast. The hills also attract significant numbers of mountain bikers plus the area is renowned for its salmon and trout fishing opportunities. For the golfing enthusiast there are courses at Brora, Golspie, Tain and the world famous Royal Dornoch. The area boasts many archaeological sites and the Ferrycroft Countryside Centre on the banks of Loch Shin attracts many visitors with its display of prehistoric settlements etc.
Lairg provides a range of local amenities including hotels, restaurants, shops, post office, bank, dentist and health centre etc. The village also has a primary school with secondary schools in Golspie and Dornoch. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is approximately 54 miles by road and provides all the services of a major regional centre. Inverness Airport provides flights to London and other destinations throughout the UK and Europe.
The subjects are of stone construction under slate roof and are set over 2 floors. This Victorian property, built circa 1895, is fully double glazed and presented in very good condition. From a prominent central location in the village the shop presents excellent opportunities for effective signage. The trading elements offer ease of access as they are at street level. Access from the rear is via a stepped entrance. Both external storage units are accessed from the ground level. The retail area is well-maintained throughout and requires only for a new operator to fit out the shop to their own specifications and putting their own stamp on their operation. A number of shelving units remain in the shop and are available at no extra cost. To the rear of the main sales area is a large stockroom and general utility area which has a double sink. There is also a small office plus a separate w/c and wash hand basin which is access to the rear of the property. To the rear aspects and accessed externally is a small store plus a cellar which provides some additional storage options. There is a large external secure structure set to the rear which has been used as a store and benefits from lights and electrical points which extends to around 45m2.
A most attractive feature of this property is the spacious 2-bedroom accommodation which the owners utilise for their own needs. Access to accommodation is independent to the trading areas with a separate entrance to the rear of the subjects. The entrance is a covered stair case leading to a double-glazed front door leads into a hallway and further stairs leading to the main inner reception hallway through an attractive stain-glass door. This in turns leads to all other rooms. The spacious lounge has double aspect windows with views over the rear of the subjects towards Loch Shin. The large kitchen is set with modern and functional work spaces and storage units. Within the main hallway is space for a dining table etc. The flat has two double bedrooms offering good storage. There is a very well-presented family bathroom. The quality of décor throughout the flat is of a very high standard.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage.
The business is a substantial property with good roadside frontage and a large footprint. Unrestricted on-road parking is available to the front of the premise with private parking to the rear of the shop. Off-road public parking is also available opposite the property. To the rear of the unit is a tarmac area where the external store is located which extend to around 45m2. In addition, there is a smaller external and secure store which forms part of the main subjects. Within the grounds is a timber summer house.
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