The Cream Chimneys is a multi award winning coffee and gift shop located right at the heart of the busy market town of Kelso, in the prime position opposite the Town Hall on the cobbled market square. Kelso is a popular tourist town with many independent and vibrant shops which sees many national and international visitors throughout the year, coming to enjoy the historic attractions of the town as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside. Floors Castle, Kelso Abbey, the rivers Tweed and Teviot and the salmon fishermen’s well known Junction Pool are all within metres of the shop.
The frontage is a single entrance door with large full length windows either side letting in lots of light. The seating area is to the front of the shop with gifts being to the rear where there is also a customer toilet. Non customer areas include a fully equipped kitchen, store room, staff toilet, large double roomed basement plus a courtyard with a large outbuilding which is sub leased generating an income of £180 per month.
In addition to being popular with the many year round tourists, The Cream Chimneys has a strong local customer base which has facilitated a year on year increase in turnover and profits since opening in May 2017, retaining profitability from April 2020 to March 2021 with recovery from the pandemic showing that increase to be continuing. The sale is due solely to the retirement of the current owners and has always been part of their 5 year business plan.
The Cream Chimneys serve fresh, locally roasted coffee, delightful Flora teas, breakfasts and light lunches in a relaxing and welcoming environment. The Table of Temptation groans under a weighty display of delicious cakes and scones including a range of gluten free, dairy free and vegan options.
In the gift shop you will find locally produced throws and textiles as well as leather bags, wallets and purses, cards, foods and other locally made gifts, all of which add to the revenue stream.
The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, hob, newly purchased commercial dishwasher, newly purchased Merrychef high speed oven, large commercial fridge, double sink, workbench. In addition there are 2 freezers, 2 fridge freezers and 2 fridges, Iberital IB7 2 group head coffee machine, 2 grinders and plenty of crockery. All equipment and stock is owned by The Cream Chimneys and is included in the sale.
There are 30 covers including 4 outside on the pavement
May 2021-August 2021 turnover approx £95000
2020-2021 Gross profit 74%, net profit 64% (this includes government grants)
2019-2020 gross profit 66%, net profit 28%
2018-2019 gross profit 67%, net profit 30%
Awards include the Best New Business in The Scottish Borders, the Best New Business in Scotland in 2018, the Best Café in the Scottish Borders and finalist in The Best Café in Scotland in 2019. As part of The Square, we were proud to have also won the national Visa UK Rising Star High Street of the year award in 2020.
The courtyard at the back of the shop is an untapped resource which could be developed subject to planning approval.
The basement has approval for use of retail space.
There is an opportunity to extend opening hours to catch early morning coffee and breakfast trade and/or late afternoon for afternoon teas.
Social media could be developed as it not the current owners forte but there is a Cream Chimneys website www.thecreamchimneys.co.uk
Facebook with 1000 followers
Instagram with over 600
On Trip advisor The Cream Chimneys is number 1 of places to eat in Kelso and also Trip Advisor number 1 café/coffee shops in Kelso
Leasehold with a rent of £15000 per annum. Current lease runs until May 2027 but the new owner may want to negotiate a new lease with the landlord.
This is below the £15000 threshold for paying business rates, so no rates are payable
Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 3pm
The Cream Chimneys offers the security of an established profitable business with exciting growth potential located in a leading tourist destination, this is a superb opportunity - particularly for a buyer looking for their first business - and the premises are ready to go!
Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm
Support and Training:
A full handover period can be arranged with the new owners and ongoing support