The Bridgend Store Brora is situated in a prominent trading location just off the A9, the main arterial route from Inverness to Thurso. Presently branded as a Premier Express outlet, this attractive business caters to both the local population of the village and outlying areas, plus the large numbers of tourists who frequent the region in the spring and summer. This Post Office and convenience store provides a wide range of grocery items, news-agency sales plus a full range of post office services. This Post Office provision was introduced into store in February 2016 and has increased footfall and is contributing to the increasing turnover. In addition to traditional grocery items, sales are complemented by newspaper sales, lottery items, fresh and frozen produce, greeting cards, bakery lines, both soft and alcoholic drinks and tobacco / confectionery sales to list but a few generalist headings. The turnover indicates a strong local support for this well presented facility. This attractive retail operation represents a good potential income for someone wanting to either invest capital or to take on a more hands on approach to generate a wage.
Entry to the Shop is from street level and the main counter is opposite the main door facilitating a sensible use of space. The store is set to wall mounted and free-standing display units. This local facility enjoys spacious retail floor space and simply laid out aisles. Large refrigerated and freezer display cabinets show produce to best effect and an appealing range of fresh fruit and vegetables is maintained. To the rear aspects of the store is the Post Office sorting area. Within the shop there is adequate stock storage facilities and convenient access for deliveries is another attractive feature of this well-presented store. There is a storage office area on the first floor and an attic storage area. Indeed, the available space over three floors could be utilised for other business development uses.
The present owners took over the business operation in 2010 and have benefited from a good income from this successful retail outlet. They have developed the business direction but due to family commitments they have decided to sell their leasehold interest in the shop. New enthusiastic owners could continue to build on successes of this popular business and produce a higher turnover.
The property is of traditional construction under a pitched slate roof. Accommodation is arranged over three levels as follows with approximate internal areas as follows:
Ground Floor Sales – 63.2m2
Ground Floor Storage and Sorting Office – 44.2m2
First Floor Storage – 19.23m2
Attic Floor Office – 11.80m2
From a prominent roadside location adjacent to the bridge centrally located within the village, the building has a large frontage and a commanding position, providing ease of access to both pedestrians and vehicles. The sales area is presented to a good standard and is well-maintained throughout. The business has a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings allowing the maximum of display space within the available retail space. The main sales counter is close to the main entrance, enabling a minimum of staffing to maintain service and security. This counter has a modern computer touch screen scanning checkout system, with gantries to the rear which accommodate off-sales spirits, tobacco and other popular stock items. This counter also is the location for the sale of Post Office services. Moving into the main shop display area is a central aisle surrounded by a full range of merchandise. Extensive racking and shelving offer an excellent display of numerous grocery items throughout the perimeter of the store and large chilled / freezer cabinets offers a wide choice of items.
The Post Office sorting room is situated to the rear of the property. The building has a storage area on the ground floor which also affords easy access for deliveries. Additional storage and office space is available on the first and second floors and these areas could be used for other business activity uses subject to consents being obtained. A further office and utility room is conveniently located behind the main service counter. Staff washroom facilities are also present.
The business is a substantial property with a prominent roadside frontage. There is a small car park to the side of the building and off road parking immediately to the front.
Mains electricity, water and drainage.
The Store is licensed to serve alcohol under its Premises Licence as follow:
Monday – Saturday 10 am until 9 pm
Sunday – 12.30 am until 6 pm
Monday – Saturday 6 am until 10 pm
Sunday – 8 am until 9 pm
This established retail outlet has a rising turnover with significant further growth potential. During the period ending March 2015 the shop achieved a turnover of approximately £567,000. Full accounting information will be made available to genuinely interested parties subsequent to viewing.
There is no owner’s accommodation with this property.
The business is located in the village of Brora in the immediate vicinity of the bridge opposite the village clock tower just off the main arterial A9, Inverness to Thurso route. Inverness is 55 miles and Thurso 57 miles.
The Energy Rating of the property is ‘G’.
The business operates a license under the Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and a copy of this will be made available to interested parties post viewing.
The business benefits from 100% Small Business rates Relief in 2016.
The village of Brora is one of the largest centres of population in Sutherland. The region is a tourist magnet and is renowned for its magnificent hills and rugged mountains. Brora has a staggering coastline with a long sandy beach and picturesque harbour: all sheltered to the west by rolling hills. The area attracts a high number of visitors who frequent the store during the tourist season who come to the area to undertake a wide range of activities. Walkers and cyclists make use of the local terrain. The wide range of birdlife appeals to ornithologists and the rivers within the region support large numbers of sports fishermen. Brora has its own 18-hole links golf course which also attracts many visitors to the area. Scottish castles and other historic sites makes the area vibrant in the summer season with Dunrobin Castle being the most famous just a few miles away. The many local self-catering accommodation providers, hotels and guest houses generate footfall for the store. The town of Brora has excellent social and welfare facilities; secondary schooling is provided in Golspie some 5 miles away.
The full details of the lease will be made available upon request. The lease expires in October 2025.
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