Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market Transport Models. This is an excellent and nationally known model and hobby business. It was established in 1989 and has been under our clients control for the past 15 years, offering an immense range of products to both the public and trade customers.
This is a business which can truly be called a one stop shop. With over £400,000 of good quality stock including being the biggest stockist of plastic toy soldiers in the North West, and has an excellent reputation with collectors and enthusiasts for its intensive range of plastic kits in particular model railways and accessories.
Customers can buy in person at the large retail shop in Oyston Mill in Preston, over the phone or on line via the company’s interactive website www.transportmodels.co.uk or its eBay shop. The business reports an impressive turnover of around £770,000 per annum of which 50% is the on line business. Indeed the potential for further growth on line via other partner websites such as Amazon is enormous.
Over 13,000 items are listed on the website and over 7000 on the eBay shop site, with a large part of the business is based around the sourcing and reselling of second hand models, with stock being actively sourced using early payment discounts were possible.
Transport models is a Corgi Gold Star stockist centre and is an agency for the Tekno range of British Model Trucks and the business prides itself on enabling customers to be confident of being able to obtain almost every model in every size to be immediately available for purchase.
This is an excellent business with excellent potential to grow and take to next level with capital investment and expansion of the e-commerce side of the business and genuinely comes to the market as our client looks towards retirement.
The business is located in the city of Preston in Lancashire, it lies on the north bank of the River Ribble, with the northeast of the district lying within the Forest of Bowland.
Occupying a prime trading position on the very busy A5072 Strand Road at the junction of the A583 ensuring heavy passing traffic and ample footfall throughout the day. The business is located within a converted mill, just outside the city centre and benefits from a large free car park for staff and customers.
Preston has excellent road links being in close proximity to the M55 and the M6 and is served by its own railway station providing an easy commute to Manchester and Liverpool and linking with the rest of the national railway network.
The retail shop is based within a converted mill and measures over 4000 sq ft.
It is in a good established position having been in its present location for 3 years. It was previously in Preston town centre for 6 years.
There is a large reception area, 2 large retail areas, 2 large stock rooms, a mail order department, 4 offices and an upstairs store room.
The premises are fully fitted with a service counter, display units and shelving. They are in good order and very clean and tidy.
The premises are equipped with emergency lighting, smoke/ fire alarms within a gated secure site.
There is ample car parking within the Mill for staff and customers.
We are advised Leasehold.
The monthly rental is £1520 including electricity and service charge.
The business opens:-
Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Monday is reserved as a day for servicing Internet sales only except in the months of December and January when the shop opens 7 days a week.
There are 6 staff plus 2 working Directors.
The business reports a very healthy turnover circa £770000 per annum and increasing 10% annually.
Reported gross profit is around £235,000.
The rates are approximately £6000 per annum.
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