W & D Ross Hardware Store has a prominent position and is a popular retail business located by the River Thurso, close to the town centre. This easy to operate business will be attractive to a wide range of potential purchasers. The main trading elements surround the sale of gardening equipment and supplies, hardware and DIY goods plus a range of general household requirements. The business has a loyal and strong customer base but there remains significant business development potential. The current owners have been unable to focus on business development due to their other business activities. However, building on the current trading levels through the provision of extra services could ensure that the business is taken to the next level. The retail unit is set close to the town centre and benefits from spacious public car parking opposite the business. The store is well-known within the local community boasting a sound reputation, and is easy to locate with excellent signage. The property is of modern construction and is well-presented. The open plan layout of the sales areas allow for the flexible use of space. The internal aspects of the building extend to circa 229.30m2. To the front right of the unit is the customer counter and there are ample staff facilities. The business currently employs two staff and provides a solid income for the owners.
The business has been owned and operated by our clients since 2007. It is their desire to focus on other ventures that brings this unique opportunity to the market. This sale would suit someone already in the building trade or could easily be a new to sector buyer seeking a simple self-employment opportunity.
The property is a single storey unit with a well-signed frontage. Of steel frame and block construction with sheet metal profile roofing and some cladding, this modern building provides an eminently flexible sales space. There is some stonework to the side of the building which reflects the building origins. Entry at street level through a covered single door leads immediately into the sales area which has a wide range of stock being presented on a range of wall mounted and free-standing display units. The area is laid out to attractively merchandise the wide range of stock items to best effect. Double doors to the side of the building enter the compound and gives ease of access for larger stock items. To the right of the open-plan sales area is a customer sales counter with tills etc. Behind this counter is an office area and there are good staff facilities. There is excellent storage facilities within the main building.
The sale benefits from an area of hard-standing to its side extending to 257m2 which has some development potential. There is a generous public car-park across from the business.
The business trades with the benefit of a vehicle which is included in the sale.
The business benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The business benefits from an oil-fired heating system.
This successful business trades profitably. Full accounting information will be made available to seriously interested parties subsequent to viewing.
The business is located by Thurso River and is easily accessible from the town centre. Thurso town center is a busy location for commerce making this an excellent trading situation. The town has a good mix of traditional shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, the well-known River Thurso flows through the town attracting salmon fishers from all over. The area is also well known for surfing, hosting surfing championships, as well as offering various other outdoor pursuits. There are lots of things to do and see in Thurso, including the five star visitor attraction, Caithness Horizons and many other places of interest. There is an attractive sandy beach with spectacular views across to Orkney and Dunnet Head. Thurso has a wide range of social and welfare amenities and has both primary and secondary schooling.
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