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Garden Centre & Restaurant With Land - East Sussex

Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England

  • Freehold Price: £1,195,000
  • Annual Turnover: £193,497
  • Annual Gross Profit: £144,545
  • Annual Net Profit: £85,040
Seller Reference: 7050
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Seller Reference: 7050
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Business Description
Rural Trading Location
Long Trading History
Annual Turnover £193,497 To 31st March 2020
Gross Profit £144,545 To 31st March 2020
Net Profit £85,040 to 31st March 2020
Financial Details Available Upon Request
Two Acre Site
Excellent Reputation
Unique 54 Cover Restaurant
Parking For 40
10 Independent Retailers In Place
Huge Potential For Development Of Land
Scope To Expand Existing Business
Fantastic Reviews Noted Online
Great Website In Place
F&F included in price
REF 7050 – Freehold Garden Centre & Restaurant With Land

Blacks Brokers are pleased to bring to the market this freehold garden centre and restaurant with land located in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.


Staplecross Shrub Centre is situated on an amazing two acre site, boasting three Polytunnels, a large glass house, shop, offices, stores and a potting shed. As well as selling high quality plants, this Garden Centre also prides itself on its highly reputable restaurant – a converted 1950's British Railway buffet car, seating 28 inside and 38 under cover outside. Furthermore, there are 10 independent cabin shops on site, meaning that an impressive £13,000 p/a is generated from their rent – making this business a profitable investment. The 30+ car park also means that the centre is highly convenient for its customers. The business very well known in this area and has a strong base of regular customers in place as well as benefitting from a huge amount of passing trade due to this excellent trading position. Our client has ensured the business has an excellent reputation and superb reviews are noted on Google and Trip Advisor. Staplecross Shrub Centre has a comprehensive website in place. The Garden Centre has been running for an impressive 50 years, having first been established in the 1970s. The current owners have put a lot of time and energy into making it the thriving business it is today. Their prior investments and hard work is something that the buyer will hugely benefit from. In 2015, they purchased the freehold and invested £300,000 into the site. They added the restaurant, which includes air conditioning, a state of the arts kitchen, an alcohol licence and high-quality facilities. They modernised the centre with new beds, roadways, pathways, car park, semi-automatic watering, lighting, a shop, offices, potting shed, holding beds and more. And the 10 independent cabin shops not only generate additional income in rent, but contribute to making the centre an attractive day out for its customers.
As well as being an already thriving business, there is huge potential to expand if you so wish. Bedding plants and perennials can be added to the garden section itself, as well as winter bedding and autumn/ winter flowering pots. There is also the potential to capitalise on the Christmas period by selling Christmas trees and wreaths. There is room for 10 more independent cabin shops and the restaurant has huge potential to expand. Plans for this restaurant expansion are available to look at and includes up to 80 internal covers at minimum capital cost.
For the garden section, the owner believes its success lies in sourcing high quality plants from the right suppliers, which they have honed to a T over the years. This bespoke and specialist knowledge will be passed on to the purchaser. Support and training will also be offered for both the Garden Centre and restaurant.
This exciting and prosperous business is an excellent investment for prospective buyers. With an eclectic array of shops, restaurant and plants this site is already thriving and offers great potential to expand and capitalise further.


Staplecross Shrub Centre occupies a main road trading position in a rural area only five miles from the bustling town of Hastings. It is located on the B2165 close to the A21 Hasting to London trunk road, meaning that it is easily accessible from local towns. The large, eye-catching frontage to the road makes it easy to find for its clients. The restaurant and garden centre are well placed to attract customers from a huge catchment area. Customers currently travel from all surrounding areas including Maidstone, Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Hastings and Rye. The area is well linked by the A21 with good public transport links and parking is available on site.


The business is ideally suited to a hands-on owner-operator but due to our client’s retirement wishes, the business is offered for sale. This presents an excellent opportunity for a new owner-operator or team to take the business to the next level.


The business operates with five members of staff supporting our client on a full time basis.


Staplecross Shrub Centre has traded solidly since opening and our client has established a strong repeat customer base. We are advised that the business has annual turnover of £193,497 and gross profit of £144,545. Full financial information is available upon request.


The business has a rateable value of £2,250. Purchasers should enquire with relevant local authorities to confirm the rates payable.


This spacious and long established business occupies an enviable trading position in a popular area of Hastings. Our client has secured a strong customer base and exceptional reputation. There is plenty of scope to develop the existing business further with the introduction of new product lines and longer opening hours. There is also space to introduce new shop cabins within this spacious site. Alternatively, a new owner may look to redevelop this site for a completely new purpose. Early viewings are strongly advised.
Is accommodation included?:
Staplecross Shrub Centre operates from a two acre site with private parking. The on site restaurant is housed within a 1959 ex British Rail MkII railway dining car which has been lovingly converted, this is fully equipped with commercial kitchen including Rational 10 shelf cooking machine, microwaves, hobs and much more. The restaurant has indoor seating for 24 and outdoor seating for 30 on a stunning railway platform. The garden centre comprises of large shop area, ten privately tenanted cabin shops, office, store, workshop, potting shed, three polytunnels, glasshouse and an elevated, 40 metre decking area with a toilet block including disabled and baby changing. There is also an additional timber building which is currently unused. All areas are presented well and are fitted with instillation, heating and CCTV.

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