Florists for sale in Rye

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Peter Webber (March 2014)
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Leasehold Price: £99,000 Turnover: £324,710 Gross Profit: £105,326
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Business Description
Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this well-established and popular florist and greengrocery business in Rye, East Sussex.

The business was established by our client over 30 years ago and is only now being offered to the market due to our client’s personal circumstances. The business operates 6 days per week and generates a turnover in the region of £325,000 per annum, with a gross profit of approximately 33%.

Our client offers a variety of goods including fruit and vegetables, freshly cut flowers and plants, although they specialise in hand tied aqua’s, flat packs, flower arrangements, funeral bouquets and fresh floral baskets. The property boasts a spacious sales area, which is well-equipped to suit the trade.

The business has built up an enviable reputation within the area and further afield, for the high quality of the goods and services offered, which has resulted in a very loyal client base, with a high volume of repeat trade and word of mouth recommendations.

We feel the turnover could be increased by a new owner embarking on a modest marketing campaign to highlight the goods and services offered. The business would also benefit from the launch of its own dedicated website with online ordering facilities.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a thriving and busy florist and greengrocery business, in a prime trading location with vast scope for growth; therefore early viewing must come highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Sweet Williams Florist and Greengrocery business, which is ideally located within the small town of Rye in East Sussex. The business is situated within a parade of complimentary shops and businesses and benefits from a high volume of footfall and passing trade. The business also benefits from good parking facilities directly opposite the property.

Rye is located approximately two miles from the sea and at the confluence of three rivers, the Tillingham, the Rother and the Brede. According to the 2011 census the town had a residential population of 4,773. The town is a popular tourist destination and attracts visitors from all over the world. The old part of the town walls now offers a wide range of antique shops, art galleries, gift shops and restaurants.

The area of the property is well served by the public transport system, with several bus stops within easy walking distance of the business. Rye railway station is less than 5 minutes’ walk away. The area is also well served by the A-roads, with the A259 being within easy driving distance, which links to the national A-road and motorway networks. Folkestone is approximately 30 miles away and Hastings is 12½ miles away.

Substantial ground floor premises, briefly comprising:

Main sales and display area with:

Tiled flooring throughout.

Left floral side:

2 x purpose built flower display units holding numerous aluminium flower buckets.

Wooden fronted serve over counter.

Rear preparation area with shelving for ribbons, foam bases, wrapping paper etc.

Mid-point of shop is a duel side, free standing gondola for fruit and vegetables.

Right greengrocery side:

Multiple racking systems for fruit and vegetables.

2 x full length chiller display units.

Main serve over counter.

2 x purpose built basket counters with rear storage shelves.

2 x electronic scales.

To the rear:

Staff area with multiple counter tops.


Small kitchenette.

Staff WC with wash hand basin.

External with :

Several tables to frontage displaying flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Equipment included:

Single door chiller unit.

Laser printer.

DAF truck, currently used as a static cold store.

Renault sign written van.

We are advised leasehold:

Rolling lease.

Rent: £1,650 per quarter.

The business is open:

Monday – Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday: 8.00am – 4.30pm

Sunday: 10.00am – 1.00pm

The business is owner run and managed with 2 x part time family members.

The business generates a turnover in the region of £325,000 per annum, with a gross profit of approximately 33%.

Tenure: Leasehold

Listed by: Hilton Smythe
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