Morton’s Coffee Lounge offers a quality service with a charming setting. This highly successful and increasingly popular coffee shop is generating an enviable reputation with both locals and tourists alike. The premises is set in the most perfect trading location in the centre of Pitlochry on the main thoroughfare within the town. The levels of passing trade are always high which generates a constant and sustainable business. Morton’s has been trading since June 2014 and has quickly established itself as one of the quality businesses within the popular tourist mecca that is Pitlochry. The business has been fitted out to an exceptionally high standard with a purpose built Italian service counter plus modern equipment throughout the service support facilities. The public seating areas benefit from charming décor and high quality tub-seating with attractive tartan overtures, booth style and free-standing tables and chairs. New owners would have little capital outlay in the early stages of taking on this business and it is in truly walk-in condition.
The trading elements are situated on the ground floor of a 2 storey building; the first floor is set to residential accommodation which is not included in the sale. The café and trading elements extend to c113m2. The business is showing a rising turnover providing a wide range of beverages and a varied café menu with freshly prepared items. The current owners take great pride in using high quality coffee beans and the cakes and scones are home-made, proving very popular with customers. In addition to the café service there is a selection of quality Scottish themed gift items including the Alex Clark range and McLaggan Smith pottery. The business trades during the day time only from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and there may be some development potential to extend opening hours to include a broader food service in the evening, especially during the busy summer months. The current operators trade with a full team of staff including an on-site manager, thereby releasing them to focus on their other business interests. It is due to the vendors desire to relocate that brings this outstanding business to the market prematurely.
Morton’s Coffee Lounge is a spacious Victorian property which in times gone by was configured to two separate units. The whole of the property has been refitted with modern wall and floor coverings. The suspended lighting and gantry lights provide a contemporary feel. This ground floor unit is set within a two storey building with residential accommodation above which is not included with the sale, mainly under a pitched slate roof. From the main street the property has an attractive façade with stone walls coupled with the ornate wrought iron framed glass canopy. The canopy allows for customers to sit outside. The property has an original stained glass window to its front aspect.
PUBLIC & SERVICE AREAS
Access is via the left hand door bringing guests into a spacious service area where the counter is situated. Of Italian design, the counter has a range of display units and to the rear is a coffee machine. Included is a modern till system plus a range of ancillary equipment. Within the café are some free-standing display units selling a modest range of attractive gift items. Down a step is another customer area set to free-standing tables and chairs which in total provides 38 seats for guests internally. The external seating is 4 tables set to 10 chairs.
The total sales areas are approximately 113m2. To the rear of the main area is a spacious commercial kitchen which is well-appointed with a wide range of commercial units. To the rear of the lower level is a customer washroom which is configured to suit disabled customers. In addition there is a utility store plus a dedicated staff washroom. There is a basement storage area accessed from the main shop through a floor hatch. To the rear of the unit is a yard with an external storage area.
The business benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The property is fully fire and environmental health compliant.
Trading between opening 7 days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The vendors believe there is scope to develop trade further with the extension of trading hours and to develop a website.
The business operates profitably and full trading figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.
There is currently no website but the business has an active Facebook page.
The property has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of G.
Offers Over £120,000 are invited for the assignation of the lease complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory), excluding personal items. Stock at valuation.
Pitlochry is set in the heart of rural Perthshire and remains one of Scotland's most popular holiday destinations catering for year-round tourists and visitors. The region is world-renown for its access to outdoor activities, from hill walking and mountaineering to suit all capabilities, mountain biking trails, white water rafting and kayaking etc. Pitlochry is surrounded by spectacular scenery and is an ideal base for touring throughout the region to include Edinburgh, St Andrews, Loch Ness, Inverness, Braemar and Royal Deeside. Whether golf, castles, whisky trails, wildlife, fishing or just stunning scenery is the penchant for the visitor, Pitlochry is a superb base from where it is all accessible within a day trip. The town itself is a thriving community benefitting from a host of retail outlets and recreational /tourist destinations. Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT) offers a varied and exciting variety of events all year round drawing in many visitors to the area. Indeed Pitlochry is a focal point for many activities which can be reviewed further at www.pitlochry.org. The town is served by a main line railway station providing easy access to Inverness to the north and Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh to the south.
The lease is a Fully Repairing Insuring Lease which has 20 years to run until Jun 2036. Rent currently stands at £24,000. A copy of the full lease will be made available post viewing.
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