Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market Cloudhouse Café. This café and art gallery was originally established in 2007 and was taken over by our client in 2014. The owner is now looking to sell the café, due to the desire to focus on other interests. Our client has spent a substantial amount of money refurbishing this property to bring it up to an excellent standard.
The business runs as a traditional café offering a generous range of hot and cold foods. The café prides itself on supporting local suppliers. Cakes, tray bakes and scones are baked fresh on site every day. There is the option to eat inside the 28 cover café, a takeaway option is also available for all products.
The café further runs as a gallery, displaying art from local artists, these products are available for customers to purchase. They offer an excellent variety of products such as, paintings, jewellery and Scottish hand creams; these items make great tourist gift ideas.
The business is currently generating an advised turnover of around £81,000 per annum, with a gross profit of 65%. This is a healthy turnover with scope to be increased. The new owner should look to cater for parties and events, an outside catering service would also be a great plus.
The business has a licence to sell alcohol 10am – 10pm, however, our client is only open till late afternoons on most days, Mondays are closed. There is a bistro night hosted once a month, this is popular and the purchaser should look to open the café later into the evenings, to take advantage of evening trade.
This café and gallery has a mention on the Visit Scotland Stow page and has a business website, which is easy to use and completed with a generous amount of information.
This is a fantastic opportunity that is not to be missed. Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to take in the full potential of the trade.
Cloudhouse Cafe is located in Stow, Galashiels, Scottish Borders.
The business is situated in the village centre on the main arterial road. There are several other independent businesses in this area, close by there is a post office, stove company and a bowling club; most of the properties in the village are residential, from which the café receives much of its trade.
Close by to the town are several historic towns and villages, there is much to see in these location’s, attracting large amounts of tourist attention each year. Thirlestane Castle is situated in the next town, approximately 5 miles away. Abbotsford, Harmony Gardens, Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, Melrose Abbey and Priorwood Garden and Dried Flower Shop are all popular attractions, each are a short drive away.
The business is just off the A7, this A-road runs from Edinburgh down to Carlisle, this road sees a large amount of passing trade and heavy footfall. As well as great road connections, the village also benefits from a train station and bus stops. The train station is a short 5 minute walk away and bus stops are dotted around the village.
Cloudhouse Café is set on a main road location with free on street parking. This is a well-presented café, there is a canopy that folds out to cover the outside seating area and there are A boards to advertise specials.
The cafe is open plan with seating and tables for 16 covers, there are also bench seating with stools in the window. To the right is the main counter with a cold display for drinks. Behind the counter there is a coffee machine and storage for crockery and cutlery. Local artists work adorns the walls and this is sold on a sale or return basis.
Through to the middle of the property is another seating area, this leads off from the main café area. In this area there is a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities and a second unisex toilet. There are more tables with a cover of 12, in this area are stairs that lead up to the mezzanine floor. Access to the kitchen is at the rear. To the right of this room is a disabled access door.
Stairs lead up from the middle room to a mezzanine floor with seating for 9 covers including 2 sofas.
The kitchen is spacious and well equipped with 2 soup kettles, 2 microwaves, upright display fridge, 2 chest freezers, panini maker, industrial dishwasher, gas oven and hob and an under counter fridge. All general utensils and kitchen equipment are also included. Off from the kitchen is a store room. The property is fitted with an eco-friendly wood pellet stove fitted.
We are advised the business is being sold as a Leasehold opportunity.
Original lease length: 10 years
Remaining lease length: 1 year as of 2016.
Rent: £750 per month
The business opening hours-
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm
The business also offers a bistro night on one Friday per month, the business is open till 10pm on these nights.
The business is run and managed by our client, with the help of 2 part time members of staff.
The business generates a turnover in the region of £81,000 per annum.
Gross profit 65%
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