• Highly profitable convenience and tourist store in the charming village of Contin set on the popular North Coast 500 tourist route.
• Superb roadside trading location benefiting from prominent signage and strategically located as the last store before Ullapool.
• Ideal home and lifestyle business offering a highly profitable and easy to operate business model with retail area extending to 90m2.
• Attractive and modern 4-bed owners accommodation, with large, well presented garden area extending to around half an acre.
• A truly walk in business opportunity which includes a large double garage, ample external storage, spacious parking with grounds extending to c0.5 acres.DESCRIPTION
Contin Village Stores is a popular convenience store which benefits from an exceptional roadside trading location. The original building was constructed in the 1950s, although has been fully renovated throughout giving a modern feel. An appealing feature of the sale is the superbly presented 4-bedrooms owners accommodation which is adjoined to the business through an interlinking door to the rear of the shop. The substantial property is set over half an acre with well-maintained garden areas to the front and rear. Internally, the shop, which extends to 90m2 contains large refrigerated and freezer display cabinets and a range of flexible and free-standing fittings which display products to customers. A spacious sales point with cigarette counter and till is located to the front of the store which provides an ergonomic focal point for serving customers efficiently. A stock storage room is located to the rear of the store along with a staff W.C. There is also ample external secure storage. Development opportunity include opening longer hours, offering take away food, a large 1 ½ storied double garage and dog kennel area which could be turned into further accommodation or extending the already considerable private parking area, should the new owners desire.TRADE
Situated on the hugely popular NC500 route, Contin Stores benefits from a high level of passing trade year-round but with a spike in activity during the main tourist season from April to October. The business generates strong turnover which results in a commendable level of profitability. Excellent signage highlights the fact that Contin Village Stores is the last stop before reaching Ullapool on the busy A835. Trade was traditionally driven through grocery and news agency sales; however, this has evolved over recent times to include fresh hot and cold snack foods / beverages and tourism merchandise, which have both proved to be hugely popular with passers-by. Other items for sale include, but are not limited to, fresh, chilled and frozen grocery items, greeting cards, bakery lines, soft and alcoholic drinks, tobacco, newspapers / magazines and confectionery. The store is also a supplier of LPG gas tanks up to and including 47KG. The store provides for the needs of the many visitors to the area and is supported by local residents. Contin Stores is adjacent to Riverside Chalet Campsite and Five Acre wood which attract visitors and dog walkers increasing footfall to the business. There is scope to extend opening hours further thus increasing profitability.OPENING HOURS
The business trades:
Monday to Friday 6am - 7pm
Saturday 7am - 7pm
Sunday 9am - 2:00pmSTAFF
At present the owners work part-time, employing 4 part-time staff to cover the remainder of the shifts. It is conceivable that a new partnership could come in and undertake more of the work, therefore increasing profit further.REASON FOR SALE
The current owners purchased the property in June 2006 and it is now their desire to reduce work commitments and retire from the retail sector hence bringing this fantastic business and lifestyle opportunity to the market.LOCATION
The shop is located in the village of Contin, which has also a petrol station, church, hotels, B&Bs, a campsite and a range of other facilities. Approximately 8 miles from the market town of Dingwall which offers a selection of shops including a 24-hour supermarket, petrol stations, post office, public houses, hotels, restaurants, leisure centre and local schools. There is easy access onto the main trunk road to Inverness City Centre (approximately 18 miles away) which offers a more comprehensive range of amenities. Bus and train services run both to Dingwall and Inverness. Contin offers fantastic attractions for nature lovers, with Rogie falls, Ben Wyvis and Achilty Forest being close by.
The shop is in an ideal central location, on the hugely popular NC500 route used by many who tour and explore the Scottish Highlands with excellent access to the beautiful West Coast and Plockton, Inverewe, Ullapool and Gairloch. A 38-mile drive west through magnificent scenery leads to the fishing port of Ullapool, where the ferry leaves for Stornoway. The Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer, complete with 18-hole golf course, is only 3 miles away. The picturesque village of Contin makes a popular tourist destination today with an abundance of walks and cycle tracks. Fishing, golf and winter field sports are amongst other pursuits attracting guests to this welcoming area. There is salmon fishing available at nearby rivers Conon and Blackwater and trout fishing available on a number of lochs. Tourists travel to appreciate the spectacular Highland scenery whilst ornithologists and naturalists find a host of bird and wildlife for their enjoyment. Contin makes a good base for touring, whether they seek a whisky trail, Scottish Castles or a visit to mystic Loch Ness.THE PROPERTY
The property was originally constructed in the 1950s, although has been totally renovated to provide modern accommodation throughout. The property is constructed with timber frame, block build and slate roof. The property is triple glazed throughout and also has had a new boiler system installed. This 1½ storey property has residential elements set over two floors with the retail unit being on the ground floor only.TRADING AREAS
From a prominent roadside location in the village, the premises have a well-signed and attractive looking wooden frontage. There is ample parking to the front of the shop. The entrance to the trading aspects is at street level ensuring ease of access. Internally the business is presented utilising a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings including free-standing displays. The main sales counter is on the right, immediately inside the main entrance, providing sensible control of the sales area and facilitating good customer service. Further into the store is a wide range of shelving and merchandise racking including refrigeration and freezer units. To the rear aspects is an internal store room and staff facilities.OWNERS ACCOMMODATION
A most attractive feature of the sale is the substantial owners accommodation. Rarely is such a well presented home available with such an excellent trading opportunity. Access to the owners accommodation is gained either through the trading elements or through a private entrance via the rear of the property. This 4-bedroom home is set over two floors with stunning views to its rear aspects. Via the private entrance to the side of the property, there is a fully glazed vestibule area with ample space to leave coats and boots. Through a glazed inner door is a spacious 'U' shaped hallway giving direct access to all ground floor rooms. It is obvious from entry to the property that the fixtures and fittings are of an extremely high standard giving a feel of quality throughout. The ground floor consists of a comfortable family lounge with double aspect windows, which fills the room with copious amounts of natural sunlight and stunning views to the garden and mountains in the distance. From this cosy room, patio doors lead to a lovely area of decking.
The property has a spacious kitchen which benefits from an island breakfast bar dissecting the functional kitchen areas and dining room space. The kitchen benefits from both floor and wall-mounted units providing ample storage. The appliances, fixtures and fittings are also modern. The dining area is set to a large dining table plus a sofa. The open plan kitchen / dining area has extensive windows affording plenty of natural light plus views to the front garden. Off the hallway is a small cloakroom and from the kitchen is a small hallway with a storage cupboard fitted with a washing machine and tumble-dryer. Also set to the ground floor is the spacious master bedroom which has built-in fitted wardrobes. Adjacent to the master bedroom is the large family shower room. A second bedroom / study is also located to the ground floor but is currently used as a second lounge, which has a comfortable and cosy feel.
A feature solid wooden staircase leads up to the first floor and a further two double bedrooms with built in storage units. The adjoining and spacious landing space is currently configured to an office facility. Velux windows upstairs allow for extra sunlight and views into the garden and beyond to the countryside.SERVICE AREAS
The premises are exceptionally well laid out to support the trading aspects of the business. To the rear of the trading area is a large storage room and staff W.C. Externally there is a storage shed for general goods and a yard which stores bottled gas.GROUNDS
The business and home present a substantial property with a large footprint, on a prominent roadside frontage extending to c0.5 acre. The shop has parking to the front which would comfortably accommodate 10 cars, offering ample space for LGVs and motorhomes. To the side of the property is shared access to the local campsite. The owners accommodation is enclosed by wooden fencing. Laid mainly to lawn, there is a garden area to the front. To the rear, an enclosed garden overlooks the mountains and includes a slabbed patio area with green house and water feature. A large double garage with floored attic, offers some development potential subject to consents. The property also has a dog kennel and run area providing scope for the new owners to extend the already substantial garden further, if desired.SERVICES
The property benefits from mains electricity water and drainage. All kitchen appliances are electric. Heating is from an oil-fired central heating system; the boiler system has been recently upgraded. The store has an alarm system and CCTV cameras.
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