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Well Established East Lothian Bathroom

Established for over 25 years and now due to retirement a unique opportunity has now been created.This well known highly regarded business has a corner High Street site . Loyal staff, clients and all leading suppliers.Full fitting service and all...

Location: Scotland, East Lothian

For sale under: Bathroom & Kitchen Retailers, Heating and Plumbing Shops, Bathroom Retailers, Kitchen Retailers, Plumbing and Heating

  • L/H Price
  • £23,000
  • Annual T/O
  • £230,000
Education - Mathslearning.com - Maths

Email Brief - I have written an email brief for you as a potential buyer. If you would like a copy please email us on enquiries@mathslearning.com The Demand - Maths is a required subject for most careers and poses difficulty for a lot of students,...

Location: Northern Ireland, Down, Downpatrick

For sale under: Other Service Businesses, Schools, Training Centres, Online Retailers, Training & Education Providers

  • Asking price
  • £20,000,000
  • Annual T/O
  • £1
Established Healthfood & Herbalist

Long established and profitable retailer of speciality healthffoods, natural bodycare, natural remedies and homebrewing supplies. Very well known within the area and with a large number of extremely loyal customers and knowledgeable staff this is an...

Location: England, Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds

For sale under: Health Food Shops, Medical / Health businesses

  • Price on Application
  • Annual T/O
  • £300,000
Independant Builders Merchants

The Business Partnership are pleased to offer for sale this very well located Builders merchants. Large freehold site consisting of retail area with trade counter, extensive warehouse with floor to ceiling racking and purpose built office area. The...

Location: Wales, Mid Glamorgan, Merthyr Tydfil

For sale under: Builders, Construction businesses, Builders Merchants, Roofing Businesses, Property Maintenance

  • Price on Application
  • Annual T/O
  • £980,000
Successful online jewellery / gift

Description - Set up in December 2009, Fizzy Flower is an online retailer selling gift priced fashion jewellery. The business has an excellent reputation and prides itself on high quality service standards. It is currently based in Farnham, Surrey...

Location: England, Surrey, Farnham

For sale under: Fashion Accessory Shops, Jewellers, Ecommerce/Website based retail, Home Based Internet Businesses, Online Retailers

  • Asking price
  • £70000 + SAV
  • Annual T/O
  • £81,000
Award Winning Delicatessen In Wantage

Umami is a profitable deli situated in the South Oxfordshire market town of Wantage, close to a number of Science and Business Parks. Turnover of £170k in 2014-15 will exceed £200k in 2015-16 due mainly to additional highly profitable catering...

Location: England, Oxfordshire, Wantage

For sale under: Cafes, Sandwich Shops, Coffee Shops, Delicatessens, Health Food Shops

  • L/H Price
  • £80,000 + SAV (Leasehold)
  • Annual T/O
  • £170,000
Excellent Coffee Shop and Cafe - Devizes

The Little House of Coffee is a hugely popular coffee shop and cafe situated in a prime location in The Market Place, right in the heart of the historic market town of Devizes.Set over two floors and providing some 75 covers in a mixture of formal and...

Location: England, Wiltshire, Devizes

For sale under: Cafes, Sandwich Shops, Coffee Shops, Tea Rooms

  • L/H Price
  • £89,950 + SAV (Leasehold)
  • Annual T/O
  • £190,000
Established Profitable Semi-Rural

Meadow Stores is a very well established Premier Stores branded convenience store, located in the village of Chiseldon, just 3 miles south of Swindon, and a mile from J15 M4.It was purchased by the current owner 9 years ago, when it was a Spar store,...

Location: England, Wiltshire, Swindon

For sale under: Convenience Stores, Off Licences

  • L/H Price
  • £69,900 + SAV (Leasehold)
  • Annual T/O
  • £350,000
Profitable Bicester Dry Cleaners

Crown Dry Cleaners is the leading dry cleaner in Bicester and has been established for nearly 20 years. It has good revenue and profits which continue to increase and is very well supported by the local community with a good number of regular and...

Location: England, Oxfordshire, Bicester

For sale under: Dry Cleaners, Launderettes

  • L/H Price
  • £130,000 + SAV (Leasehold)
TEA SHOP/BAKERY.

Outstanding opportunity to acquire an attractive Tea Shop/Bakery, catering for teas and coffees, snacks, light lunches.Attractive front area with space for tables and chairs 15 persons. Bay window to Bakery with woodstrip floor, 2 small cool display...

Location: England, Kent

For sale under: Sandwich Shops, Bakeries, Tea Rooms

  • L/H Price
  • £97,500
  • Weekly T/O
  • £4,000
DRY CLEANERS.

Included in the sale is a sign written Citreon C5 estate car (03 plate) used for collections/deliveries.Electric shutters to single fronted DRY CLEANERS. Laminated strip floor, fluorescent lighting, counter, display rails for shirts plus dry...

Location: England, London

For sale under: Dry Cleaners

  • L/H Price
  • £105,000
  • Weekly T/O
  • £2,400
POUND PLUS STORE (selling

Single fronted SALES SHOP, with tiled floor, fluorescent lighting, counter, electronic cash register, modern shelving.Stockroom.Staff w.c. and wash hand basin..Turnover : £3,000 p.w., in our opinion offering tremendous potential for further increase...

Location: England, London

For sale under: Card Shops, Discount Stores, DIY and Hardware Stores, Toy Shops

  • L/H Price
  • £40,000
  • Weekly T/O
  • £3,000
CONVENIENCE STORE, COUNTER NEWS,

SINGLE FRONTED SALES SHOP, probably in the region of 600 sq. ft. sales area. Carpeted, fluorescent lighting. Equipment includes counter, till with EPOS scanning system, glass-topped chest display deep freeze, small open cool display unit, 2...

Location: England, Norfolk

For sale under: Convenience Stores, General Stores, Off Licences

  • L/H Price
  • £42,500
  • Weekly T/O
  • £3,500
CONVENIENCE STORE, FULL FREE OFF

The business has the advantage of being situated approx. 2 minutes' walk from Wembley Park Station and close to Wembley Park Stadium, when on event days the influx of additional persons to the area gives rise to a substantial improvement on the...

Location: England, Middlesex

For sale under: Convenience Stores, General Stores, Off Licences, Supermarkets

  • L/H Price
  • £97,500
  • Weekly T/O
  • £8,500
FULL FREE OFF LICENCE, COUNTER NEWS,

DOUBLE FRONTED SALES SHOP, probably in the region of 650 sq. ft. sales area, with tiled floor, modern adjustable shelving, counter, till with EPOS scanning system, 3.75m open cool display unit, 2.5m open cool display unit, ice cream deep freeze, etc.2...

Location: England, Middlesex

For sale under: Convenience Stores, General Stores, Off Licences

  • L/H Price
  • £55,000
  • Weekly T/O
  • £6,000
CONVENIENCE STORE, COUNTER NEWS,

• ACCOMMODATION INCLUDEDSingle fronted Sales Shop with non-slip floor. Equipment included shelving, ice cream deep freeze (own), glass topped chest display deep freeze, 2 open cool display units, counter, electric cash register, etc.Small storage...

Location: Wales

For sale under: Convenience Stores, General Stores, Off Licences, Supermarkets

  • L/H Price
  • £22,500
  • Weekly T/O
  • £4,000
CONVENIENCE, COUNTER NEWS,

Service road in front of parade, with parking.Impressive and spacious SALES SHOP, probably in the region of 800/850 sq. ft. sales area, with nonslip floor, suspended ceiling with concealed lighting, 3 air conditioning units. Well equipped including...

Location: England, Hampshire

For sale under: Convenience Stores, General Stores, Off Licences, Supermarkets

  • L/H Price
  • £120,000
  • Weekly T/O
  • £8,500
CONVENIENCE STORE, COUNTER NEWS,

Forecourt with parking for 2 cars.Electric shutters to spacious DOUBLE FRONTED SALES SHOP, probably in the region of 700 sq. ft. sales area, with non-slip floor, suspended ceiling, concealed lighting. Fully equipped including modern adjustable...

Location: England, Hampshire

For sale under: Convenience Stores, General Stores, Off Licences, Supermarkets

  • L/H Price
  • £110,000
  • Weekly T/O
  • £14,000
NEWS, CONFECTIONERY, TOBACCO, SLIGHT

Spacious DOUBLE FRONTED SALES SHOP, probably in the region of 700 sq. ft. sales area, with carpet tiled floor, fluorescent lighting. Equipment includes 1 2m open cool display unit, 2 double door glass fronted display fridges (both on loan, 1 from...

Location: England, Hertfordshire

For sale under: Convenience Stores, Gift Shops, Newsagents

  • L/H Price
  • £99,000
  • Weekly T/O
  • £8,500
Unusually interesting gift shop in the

Ideal location within the town, popular tourist destination. Established 27 years with a reputation for unusual and high quality gifts & greetings cards. Supplemented by a range of own-designed products, the variety on offer is unique. Opportunity to...

Location: Isle of Man, Isle of Man, Castletown

For sale under: Card Shops, Gift Shops, Other Retail businesses

  • L/H Price
  • £40000 + SAV
  • Annual T/O
  • £100,000

Advice on buying a shop

 

Whether you’re selling confectionery, curtains or cars, there are thousands of retail businesses for sale to choose from on Daltons Business. Before you purchase a retail business, it’s important that you ask some fundamental questions about the kind of business you want to run, and then try to buy a shop that matches these ambitions. 

First off, are you sure you need a permanent high street presence? Some of the more unusual options include…

  • Online Retail: Nowadays, many online retailers operate from a spare room in their homes, gradually renting more space as and when the business merits the expansion. If you buy a home-based online retailer with a relatively small turnover, you need to think carefully about whether you have the necessary skills to take the business to the next level to justify the cost of office and warehousing space in future.
  • Pop-Up Retail: Another less traditional option is the ‘pop up shop’, where a physical premises is set up on a temporary basis to sell a short run of products, or to cover a seasonal trading period. One example of this is a Christmas gift or calendar shop, which might open its doors in the autumn, then close again once the New Year has begun. 
  • Mobile retail: Lots of mobile retail options are also available, mostly in the food retail sector. You can view a full list of mobile businesses for sale here.

If you do want to buy a retail business that includes physical premises, you need to consider the specific benefits of the location you’re looking at. The premises’ position on the high street (or its shop frontage) will have an impact on how many people are aware of your shop. The number of people walking past your shop (i.e. the ‘footfall’ of the premises) is another important factor in determining the level of trade that premises will command. The area itself may have a reputation for a certain kind of shopping experience, and you need to consider this as well. Is it easy to park close by? Are there a lot of upmarket boutique-type shops in the area or does the street have a grocery focus? 

High footfall and superb shop frontage isn’t always available, but it’s also not always a vital requirement when buying a shop – it depends on the kind of retail business you hope to run. Home and garden centres on the outskirts of busy towns can do well if the parking is good, and some bookshops and luxury goods shops, if they stock a unique range of goods, can do well on exclusive side streets. The advantage of buying a shop as a going concern is that the current owner has already proved that the location is suitable for the kind of retail you hope to carry out.

For further information, try our guide on how to buy a retail business.