Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this well-established and busy off licence and grocery store in Darwen, Lancashire.
The business was originally established approximately 100 years ago and has been in our client’s careful ownership for about 13 years. Only now is the business being offered to the market due to our client’s other interests. The business currently operates 7 days per week and generates a turnover in the region of £105,000 per annum, with a gross profit of approximately 22%.
Our client offers a variety of goods and services including groceries, confectionery, soft drinks, frozen produce, evening newspapers, alcohol, Payzone, Health Lottery and being a UPS collection point. The off licence has a licence to serve alcohol until 11.00pm. The property is set over two floors and boasts 98 sq. metres of floor space, is very well maintained and fitted out to suit the trade. To the ground and first floor is the owners’ accommodation, comprising of a lounge, kitchen, a master bedroom with en-suite, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.
The business has built up an excellent reputation within the area for the high quality of the goods and services offered, which has resulted in a very loyal client base, with a high volume of footfall and passing trade.
We feel there is scope to increase the turnover by extending the opening hours. A new owner could also introduce the sale of morning newspapers or the Lottery.
This is an excellent opportunity for a new owner, perhaps a husband and wife team or partnership, to take this already thriving business to the next level, therefore, early viewing must come highly recommended to avoid disappointed.
Belgrave Off Licence and Grocery occupies substantial stone built, two storey premises, ideally located within the market town of Darwen in Lancashire. The property is surrounded by densely populated residential areas, from which the business derives much of its trade. The business benefits from a high volume of footfall and passing trade, as well as on-street car parking facilities to the front and side of the premises.
Darwen is a market town and civil parish in Lancashire. According to the 2011 census, the town had a residential population of 28,046. Darwen’s famous market is housed in a Victorian Market Hall, which opened in 1871 and boasts over 130 stalls.
The area of the business is well served by the public transport system, with several bus stops within easy walking distance of the property. Darwen railway station is just a 10-minute walk away. The area is also well served by the A-roads, with the A666 being within easy driving distance, which links to the national A-road and motorway networks. Blackburn is approximately 6 miles away and Bolton is 10 miles away.
Substantial two storey premises with spacious living accommodation, briefly comprising:
Lower ground floor:
Large basement, currently used for storage.
Main sales and display area with:
Racking and shelving to perimeter walls.
Ice cream freezer.
Double door drinks refrigerator.
Refrigerated serve over counter with electronic cash register.
Greeting card carousel.
Lovely lounge with quality tiled flooring, brick built fireplace and electric stove effect fire.
Beautiful modern fully fitted kitchen with quality tiled flooring, base & wall units and fitted white goods.
Landing with storage cupboard.
Master double bedroom with en-suite shower room.
2 x double bedrooms.
Family shower room.
2 x separate yards – one used as a private yard and one for bins and waste.
Good clear signage.
The property is fully alarmed.
Electric shutter doors.
We are advised Freehold.
The business is open:
Monday – Friday: 8.00am – 1.00pm and 3.00pm – 10.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 10.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am – 10.00pm
The business is family run.
The business generates a turnover in the region of £105,000 per annum, with a gross profit of approximately 22%.
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