Cafes for sale in Wick

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Katie Crompton (Sept 2017)
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Freehold Price: £390,000
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Business Description
ASG Commercial is delighted to bring to the market Wickers World which comprises 3 distinct properties within a mid and end terrace setting located in the Highland Town of Wick. The range of properties provide a rare opportunity to purchase a prominent, versatile business which enjoys spectacular uninterrupted views over Wick Harbour and Marina. This substantial building originates from circa mid-1800s with sympathetic modern upgrades, presenting both the external and internal aspects in good condition. There is ample parking for both personal and business use in and around the harbour area. The café itself is busy and popular offering quality meals utilising a range of locally sourced products and with a reputation for delightful home baking which has established a loyal clientele. The premises are presented in excellent condition with immaculate décor throughout both the business operation areas and the owner’s accommodation.

Wickers World comes to the market ready to operate with no requirement for further significant capital investment. The existing trading model has three income streams and has potential for further development. The café sales account for the majority of the turnover and this is where the attention of the current owner and her team is firmly placed. The letting accommodation is let out on a leisurely basis with no proactive marketing or utilisation of the main online booking agencies which new owners may wish to develop. The three bed flat is currently let out to people working in the area as the owner does not live on site, however this would certainly make a very comfortable family home.

Wickers World is an exceptionally well presented business with excellent owner’s accommodation. Business operation is laid out over three floors from street level, plus a small basement storage area. The owner’s accommodation is set over two floors. The building is of traditional stone construction with pitched roof.

This is a spacious and modern restaurant which has been extended to provide 3 distinct sections providing 86 covers. Décor is bright and modern and facilities are of a good standard. Picture Windows face the harbour and benefit from being double glazed. Furniture is wooden and practical with a country kitchen feel. Trade is consistent, with operating hours 9-5pm, 6 days a week, there is scope to offer evening service, as well as Sunday opening and the future potential is excellent given the redevelopment of the harbour. Food provision is also excellent with fresh food being produced. The clean and functional aspects of this business are evident but it also presents a warm and welcoming ambience.

With a wooden/tiled floor and attractive servery, the natural feel of this establishment is apparent. The service point has a good quality counter top and display areas. This first area is presently set to 14 covers. An opening leads into the second restaurant area which is currently laid to 18 covers and continues with the same style of décor into the main portion of the property which is located to the front of the building enjoying harbour views. Within this area are the WCs which are fitted out to a high standard; there is a ladies/disabled facility and a gents.

The commercial service areas are located behind the main restaurant facilitating ease of customer service. A large baking room opens up into a very well fitted out commercial kitchen. This substantial and spacious workspace comes complete with top quality facilities, utensils, refrigeration units and food preparation aids. It has an effective extraction unit, PVC flooring and meets the highest standards both in facilities, cleanliness and output. The kitchen has a dry goods store, walk-in chiller and immediate access to the rear of the property to enable ease of deliveries etc. The premises are fully compliant with Environmental Health and Fire Regulations.

Accessed externally, a private entry door is located on the pavement next to the main entrance to the restaurant. A small reception area sits at the bottom of a staircase which leads up to the first and second floors. Two bedrooms are located at each level, a family room comprising a double and a single bed and a twin bedroom, all rooms are en-suite and offer shower facilities. Rooms benefit from stunning views over the harbour, are double glazed and offer flat screen TV’s, hospitality trays and hairdryers.

The family accommodation is a significant attraction of this property comprising of a spacious apartment. Access is private and at ground level, a door opens up to a staircase which leads up to the first and second floor accommodation. The size of the apartment is soon apparent with generous halls and corridors. Accommodation comprises three bedrooms, a family bathroom, a separate shower room and a further WC, large kitchen and a comfortable lounge with stunning views over the harbour.

There is no garden or grounds included with the property, however there is generous storage and basement area, as well as an external ground level store. There is a public car park close by and on street parking to the front.

The subjects benefit from mains electricity, mains gas water and drainage. The central heating system is gas fired. The premises are double glazed throughout.

The business trades profitably and generates consistently high turnover and resultant profitability. Café opens 6 days a week from 9am – 5pm. There is scope to extend the opening hours to include both an evening service and Sunday opening. There is a team of full and part-time staff and a Manager who is very capable. Full accounting information will be made available to seriously interested parties subsequent to viewing.
Tenure: Freehold

Location Details:
The population of Wick sits at around 7500 but with a much broader catchment area. Tourism is one of the main sources of income to the county in the main season with the locale being highly popular with walkers, cyclists, ornithologists and anglers and is a popular stop on the North Coast 500 route which passes through the town. The Wick Heritage Centre also provides a steady stream of clientele as this museum is a popular attraction, which attracts a high level of visitors and thus the location to Wickers World is ideal. The harbour itself draws many tourists who enjoy the location or take a trip on the inflatable rib offering coastal tours.

The area offers a host of interesting archaeological sites and tourist attractions which include The Castle of Mey, residence of the late Queen Mother. Day trips to the Orkney Islands are another option for tourists. Caithness is also highly popular with people retracing their roots as the surrounding area has a long association with the Highland clearances. The Old Pulteney distillery, the most northerly mainland distillery, is a popular attraction. The harbour itself which is at present undergoing substantial investment. Projects such as the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm site to install up to 110 turbines, new nuclear archive, the HVDC Cromarty Firth Project etc.

Wick is also a great location to visit the many other local attractions along the A9 corridor and situated within the towns of Thurso, John O’Groats, Helmsdale, Golspie and Brora. In terms of infrastructure Wick is very well supported and benefits from excellent Primary and High Schooling, good leisure facilities and communication links with a railway station and airport. Wick also has excellent medical facilities available locally.

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