The Croy Shop is a compact retail unit set over a single ground floor building with street level ramp access via a wide main door. The business previously traded successfully as a village store, newsagent and post office but is now being offered as a non-trading entity with vacant possession. The building extends to around 65m2 and is presented to a good standard of repair, requiring only a modest capital outlay to bring it back into operation fairly quickly. There is a large open plan trading area with a servery counter plus a rear storage / utility area with a staff / customer WC, kitchen area and secure store room. The building has a good trading location with a high level of passing trade and is ideally placed to provide a range of services to the local communities. The property would lend itself to a number of business applications including retail, café, offices or other service provisions. Potential new owners would need to satisfy themselves of the veracity of any change of use requests. The unit could also be utilised as a mixed operation (café / retail).
REASON FOR SALE
The vendor has ceased trading within the retail sector to focus on other business activities and as such now wishes to sell his assets.
Croy has a population of around 500 and is a popular residential location with a thriving community. The village is around 12 miles from Inverness, approximately 7 miles from Nairn and 3 miles from Inverness International Airport which provides regular direct flights to London. Croy has its own primary school which is within walking distance of the shop. Secondary school children generally attend Culloden Academy in Inverness. The village has a number of housing development schemes nearby, the main one being at Tornagrain. The area is well-known for its many quality golf courses; Castle Stuart is only 3 miles away and Nairn has two championship venues plus within an hour’s drive there are a great many more. Locally there are beaches in Nairn and at Ardersier plus there are many tourist attractions within a short drive including Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle and Fort George. Loch Ness is only a short drive away. Inverness and Nairn have a full range of social and welfare facilities. There are regular buses to Nairn and Inverness plus there are train stations in these locations.
The property is semi-detached and is of traditional stone construction under a pitched slate roof, with the rear store room extension under metal profile corrugated roofing. Accommodation is arranged over the ground floor level only extending to around 65m2. From a prominent roadside location on a corner site, the store is centrally placed within the village. The building has a large side frontage and commanding position, providing ease of access to both pedestrians and vehicles. Customer access is via a ramp leading to a partially glazed wooden door. The business has an open plan main customer area with three windows providing a bright and airy trading space. The main shop area has a fitted sales counter. Lighting is by way of modern strip lighting and the quality of décor and flooring is of a sound standard.
The rear storage utility area provides a large open-plan room with double solid wooden doors leading to the parking area. Internally there is a fitted staff / customer W.C. In addition, there is a kitchen sink and work top as well as a secure storage room. The windows and rear doors are fitted with security grills. The property offers adequate possibilities for excellent signage and branding.
The property has a prominent roadside frontage and a small car park to the side of the building. There is a small walled garden area to the front of the property. The previous owner has an external storage unit on an area of hardstanding to the side of the building.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The building is not connected to a gas supply. Hot water is provided by two over sink water heaters. The windows and door are double glazed. The windows and rear double doors benefit from security grills.
There is no owner’s accommodation with this property.