The Spar Convenience store is a most popular licensed grocery business situated in a busy trading location. The business caters to a solid year-round demand from local residents with additional tourist trade during the summer months. Turnover sits at around £9,000 per week and trade is increasing as the current owners have invested significantly in the business. Recent expenditure includes an intelligent till and stock control / ordering system, new freezers, CCTV, shelving and various other improvements.
Trade is driven through traditional grocery and news agency sales which have evolved over recent times to include a wide range of merchandise in this smart, exceptionally well-presented store. Items available for sale include fresh and frozen produce, greeting cards, bakery lines, soft and alcoholic drinks, tobacco, newspapers and confectionery without being exhaustive. The store is popular for the sale of lottery tickets.
Internally the shop is arranged at ground level and enjoys spacious retail floor space and well-laid out aisles. Large refrigerated and freezer display cabinets show produce to best effect. To the rear of the store is an area which was previously let out to a local butcher who provided a butchery service from the shop, this area is now vacant and is an ideal opportunity for new owners to either resurrect this function or consider using the area for something completely different, for example, a coffee shop with tables and chairs etc. This space benefits from a display counter, walk in freezer and sink area.
A spacious sales check-out counter is located close to the entrance providing an ideal focal point for customer service and security. Take away coffees and heated bakery goods are also provided from this area. Stock storage and staff facilities are located to the rear of the property.
The business operates seven days per week opening 7am and closing 9pm Monday to Saturday; Sunday opening is 8am to 9pm.
There is no doubt that new proprietors wishing to adopt a hands-on role could continue to build on successes to date and in-turn drive higher turnover and profitability on an annual basis. There are numerous developments taking place within Dornoch, including the 14 bay golf driving range, merchandise shop/cafe for Royal Dornoch Golf Club plus the 40 bedroom student accommodation block and improvements within the retail park itself, all of which add to the future potential of the shop.
REASON FOR SALE
The current owner is prematurely placing the business to the market due to a change in personal circumstances. This has resulted in the decision to move closer to family once the business is sold.
The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is within the historical county town of Sutherland, overlooking the Dornoch Firth. The town has a population of c.1300 which swells greatly during the main tourist season (Easter to October). A designated National Scenic and Conservation area, Dornoch is a popular and tranquil location with a unique atmosphere, outstanding scenery and a mild micro climate making Dornoch a popular visitor attraction for many. The world renowned Royal Dornoch Championship course is a wonderful venue and a challenging test of golfing skills. Dornoch offers visitors and residents alike a good range of facilities and amenities including shops, hotels, golf, schools and FE College plus a Seaside Award for its clean bathing beach.
The area has a much broader appeal with walks, fishing, field sports and water sports all being readily available. There are a great many places of historic interest within an hours’ drive. The town has some excellent Sandstone buildings, including the c.13th Century Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace (now a Hotel), the Courthouse and Old Town Jail. The town has a charm and elegance that makes it a very popular residential area. Dornoch is only an hour from Inverness Airport with the main arterial A9 route (Inverness to Thurso) at the road end. Tain is just over 9 miles away which has an extensive range of specialist shops and services.
The property is of modern construction under a pitched roof with all accommodation set at ground level with a ramped access. There are storage units to the rear.
From a prominent roadside location, the premises have a well-signed frontage and easy access. The sales area is extremely well-maintained throughout and has a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings. The sales counter is set to the left hand wall upon entering via the main entrance providing sensible security coverage of the sales area. Extensive bays of shelving offer an excellent display of numerous grocery items throughout the perimeter of the store and large chilled / freezer cabinets offers a wide choice of items. Aisles offer an easy passage for customers separated by freestanding display shelving islands which promote sales.
The office sits to the rear of the trading area and benefits from CCTV which monitors activity within the shop. A staff W.C. is also located here. Storage is located in a unit behind the shop.
The business has a prominent roadside frontage with attractive signage. Unrestricted roadside parking provides for customer needs. The business has an area of paved ground and a lean-to external store.
Mains electricity, water and drainage.
The Energy Rating of the property is ‘TBC’.
Monday to Saturday: 07:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 08:00 - 21:00
There is no accommodation with this property.
Offers Over £65,000 are invited for the leasehold interest. There is a new 20 year lease in place, and rent of £1,200 (plus VAT) per month. Price includes chillers, freezer and intelligent till system recently purchased by the current owner.