Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market The Crusty Cob. This delightful busy sandwich shop, retail artisan bakery and café is situated in the heart of the community serving regular local residents, workers, school children and visitors, and genuinely comes to the market as our client looks towards retirement.
This popular business serves a varied menu using locally sourced (where possible) fresh produce with made to order sandwiches, rolls and baguettes, all day breakfasts, soups, salads and a variety of hot and cold beverages, to name just a few.
The Crusty Cob was established in circa 2005 and has been under the loving care of our clients since 2010. Our clients refurbished the sandwich bar in 2012. The café is reasonably well presented throughout, from the highly visible frontage with retractable canopies through to the dining area with wooden tables and chairs providing seating for 23 covers, and the kitchen at the rear of the building.
We feel the business has massive potential for further expansion. With a recently renovated additional room currently utilised as storage, the space opens up the possibility to increase the dining area by a further 14 covers. Additionally, the café could extend the opening hours and take advantage of evening trade. If an alcohol licence were to be obtained, the café could introduce a bistro menu.
Furthermore, the business could introduce a delivery round in the area or start an outside catering arm with buffets for local businesses or private special occasions to generate additional income to this already profitable concern.
The business is located in the lovely small market town of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire, around 10 miles west of the larger town of Kidderminster.
The Crusty Cob is situated in a prominent corner position on the main retail high street. The A4117 runs through the town centre and the business is surrounded by complementary businesses and further benefits from being in close proximity to local business parks and schools, a bus stop and local park, with free parking facilities in the vicinity.
The River Rea runs to the east of this delightful town. One of the famous landmarks is the 12th Century St Mary’s Church, renowned for its crooked spire, and to the west of the church is the recently refurbished Market Hall, housing a number of facilities including the Tourist Information Board.
This corner positioned premises briefly comprises:-
Well presented frontage with the main entrance from the high street, three retractable canopies over frontage, L shaped counter with refrigerated serve over counter and sandwich preparation chiller, ECR, shelving to walls displaying various breads, double grill, potato oven, microwave, cold drinks fridge and wash hand basin.
The café is divided into two seating areas; the first with two tables for five covers, the second with wood effect flooring and wooden tables and chairs for 18 covers.
The kitchen includes a counter with ECR, filter coffee machine, water boiler and steamer, toaster, two microwaves, fitted units, griddle, fryer, two fridges, three freezers and turbofan oven.
There is a store cupboard and staff toilet.
There is an additional spare room which has recently been renovated which is currently utilised as storage with the potential for a further 14 covers.
The business benefits from a disabled access toilet.
We are advised leasehold.
The original lease length is nine years with six years remaining. Rent is £900 per month.
The business is open Monday to Saturday from 8.00am - 5.00pm.
As previously mentioned, there is the potential to extend opening hours.
The business is owner run and managed with the assistance of one full time and four part time members of staff.
The business reports a sound turnover of circa £152,000 per annum, with reported gross profit at around £56,600.
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