The New Elgin Chip Shop is a single-story building set within a residential area of the City of Elgin off a busy main road (A941). Its trading location is down a minor street but the business has prominent signage with road-side parking. The chip shop has been within the same family for 24 years and has an excellent reputation within the local community. The shop trading and operation area extends to around 31m2. There are additional storage areas to the rear of the subjects. The business is well-appointed and is an easy to operate enterprise. The simple trading model works well with a single cook and a support member of staff.
This traditional and well-established fish and chip shop operates year-round to a mixed clientele extending a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to its customers. The business appeals to a broad customer base with strong local community support. The chip shop prides itself with the level of quality produce on offer including Stornoway black pudding and the famous battered Mars bar. The current trading levels are restricted to keep the business below the VAT threshold and to suit the trading preferences of the current operators, whilst generating a sound level of profit. The business opens at the following days and times, offering undoubted scope to increase trade at lunch-times and open on the current closing day:
Sunday and Monday - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday to Saturday - 4:00pm to 9:30pm
The fish shop is operated by the owners with the support of part-time casual staff working from 4:30pm - 7:30pm for 6 nights.
Elgin is situated on the North East Coast of Scotland close to the Moray Firth and is renowned for its mild climate due to the Gulf Stream air. The town has a strong history with a population of around 24,000 which expands greatly during the spring and summer months with the influx of holiday makers. Elgin Cathedral was consecrated in 1224 and the City has been Moray’s main centre of commerce for over 800 years. With a new leisure centre, Johnson’s Cashmere Visitor Centre, the Motor Museum and Baxter’s of Fochabers not far away, there is a wide range of activities for visitors to pursue. The ancient City of Elgin enjoys an ideal geographic location as a base from which visitors can continue their odyssey of the Highland and Grampian regions of Scotland. The premises are situated off the A941 which is within walking distance of the rail station and centre of Elgin. Tourism is a major economic factor in the region with golf, castles and distilleries drawing in many visitors each year. The RAF base at Lossiemouth is also a generator of significant trade to the town. Elgin has a wide range of welfare and social facilities for visitors and residents alike. There are a number of schooling options and there is a FE college close by. The City has excellent NHS facilities.
This single storey building of mixed construction set under a pitched roof has an approximate Net Internal Area of 31m2. The quality of décor is of a good standard as is the well-appointed commercial and service equipment. The chip shop has a strong presence with excellent signage presenting an attractive façade. Internally customers see a traditional service point with a hot glass servery over the 2 deep fryers. The décor is appealing benefiting from attractive product and pricing displays plus tidy flooring. The fish and chip shop service area has 2 deep fryers and 2 chip scuttles with hot storage for cooked items above; one set to glass display. To the rear of the service counter are microwaves and a dispensing fridge with a wide selection of sundry items and beverages for sale. Behind the hot cooking area is a further food preparation area set to work surfaces and sinks with chipper etc. The main area benefits from an effective under floor extraction unit. There is ample chilled, frozen and ambient storage throughout.
To the rear aspects are two sheds; one used as a potato preparation area with sinks and a potato-rumbler and the other used as a general store. Within this secondary unit is a staff washroom with WC and wash hand basin. The excellent level of commercial equipment, refrigeration and freezer storage is evident throughout. This business is simply laid out for an efficient and high-rate of food production. Access to the rear aspects of the property is via a side entrance ideal access for deliveries. The front of the premises has an electric roller shutter for security.
There is no owner’s accommodation with the business.
The property benefits from mains electricity, gas, water and drainage.