This well-positioned store is a popular licensed grocery business situated in a residential trading location within the busy village of Balintore. The shop trades under the Spar banner but is not tied to the C J Laing brand. There is another Spar shop within the village and therefore the time is right to consider bringing in a fresh new brand such as NISA / Keystore etc. The business caters to a solid year-round demand from local residents living within the Seaboard villages of Balintore, Shandwick and Hilton on the Ross-shire coast. Due to the village being on the Moray coast and being surrounded by an area which draws in tourists there is some addition tourist trade within the summer months. Turnover sits at around £335,000 (2015) generating a modest profitability.
Trade is driven through a traditional yet broad range of grocery sales which have evolved over many years. The wide range of merchandise in this well-presented unit includes fresh and frozen produce, greeting cards, bakery lines, soft and alcoholic drinks, tobacco, newspapers and confectionery without being exhaustive. The store provides for the daily needs of local inhabitants and has a strong reputation producing a loyal customer base which is reflected in the consistent turnover. Internally the shop is arranged at ground level and enjoys generous retail sales space. It is intelligently presented with a variety of shelving units, refrigerated and freezer display units showing stock to best effect. The sales counter is located by the front door providing an effective focal point for customer service and security. Most spacious stock storage is located to the rear of the property and offers new owners some capacity to introduce some business development ideas.
The current owners purchased the property in 2006 and it is their desire to retire that brings this easy to operate business to the market. The owners take a full role in the shop but also employ a number of part-time staff. It is considered that new enthusiastic proprietors could drive the business further generating a higher turnover on an annual basis.
The property is of single story block and timber construction under a pitched roof with street level access. The premises have a well-signed frontage and easy access. The sales area is well maintained throughout and has a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings. The customer service areas extend to around 100m2 with wall mounted shelving to its external walls and with free standing shelving set to aisles. There is a wide range of fridges and freezers offering a variety of produce. Within the store is an ATM machine. The sales counter is adjacent to the main entrance providing sensible security coverage of the sales area. The business benefits from a comprehensive CCTV system.
The spacious storeroom sits to the side of the trading area and benefits from a walk-in fridge and freezer. The area is set to racking and provides ample storage. There is a lockable spirits store. A staff W.C. and small kitchen area are off an office space to the rear of the shop.
The business has a prominent roadside frontage with attractive signage. Unrestricted roadside parking provides for customer needs.
The building benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The window is double glazed and there are 2 air conditioning units. The unit has a comprehensive security system and CCTV cameras.
The Energy Rating of the property is ‘F’.
Income for the trading year ending 2015 was £335,000. Full accounting information will be made available to seriously interested parties subsequent to viewing.
This business operates under the Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and a copy of the licence will be made available to interested parties post viewing.
There is no living accommodation with this property.
The business operates 7 days per week opening 8 am and closing 8 pm Monday to Saturday; Sunday opening is 8:30 am to 3pm.
Balintore is a popular Ross-shire coastal village steeped in history and with a strong maritime tradition. The village boasts an outstanding golden sandy beach and is located on the shores of the Moray Firth within the Tarbat Peninsula. The local countryside is awash with wildlife with the nearby Cromarty Firth being renowned for its basking seal population, seen regularly basking on the rocks at low tide. Flocks of migrating geese swarm to the area due to the low-lying flood plain throughout the autumn and winter. The areas Pictish heritage is observed in the many standing stones, and historical sites located in the region.
Tain, the local town and centre of population, has most of the welfare and social amenities one could need. It also has an excellent 18-hole links golf course and is in easy reach of the famous course at Royal Dornoch which lies to the north. The area is also renowned for its whisky production, with one of Scotland’s finest, Glenmorangie, being produced in Tain. Further afield there is a wide range of tourist attractions providing for an interesting day out and these attractions combined with the varied natural scenic beauty of the surrounding area make it highly popular with residents, visitors and tourists alike.
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