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Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market Crystal Café, which has been established by and run by our client for a number of years, meaning this café is well known by many returning customers. Our client is now looking to move to a different area.
Crystal Café opens its doors at 7am for the breakfast trade and is open until 3pm, however, there is an alcohol licence and due to no opening time restrictions on the lease, the café could be open into the evening for later meals and entertainment.
The café has good reviews and many repeat local customers, who are on first name terms with the owner. Crystal Café has signed up to TasteCard enjoying 4* reviews to complement the 4.5* TripAdvisor reviews.
There is scope for development by carrying out some or all of the following:
Create a website
Open later hours, other local establishments are open until 11.00 pm
Utilise the 60+ seating more effectively
Utilise the front outside area in the summertime
Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to avoid disappointment.
Crystal Café is located in Maldon, Essex on the Blackwater estuary.
The town, which is famous for Maldon Salt has many visitors and has a population of circa 63,000. Maldon has train links to London Liverpool Street and the café has a main bus stop directly outside.
Crystal Café is located in a prominent position on the main road with car parks close by. There is staff parking to the rear of the café.
Crystal Café is located on the main road with potential for summertime seating to the front for 8-10 customers on the forecourt area.
The entrance door to the double fronted premises leads directly into the main dining area with seating for around 60 on numerous tables.
The seating area also includes;
Wall mounted TV
Ice cream ‘’Whippy” machine
Tiled floor, open to smaller dining area and open to serving area.
The secondary dining area has seating for 8 people, 2 storage cupboards access to kitchen and door to toilets.
The secondary dining area includes;
Separate male and female toilets
Hot water boiler
Access to kitchen
The 5* hygiene rated kitchen is mainly stainless steel and has
8 x Bain Marie
3 x microwaves
6 burner stove
Walk in fridge
Walk in freezer
Door to rear with parking for up to 4 staff vehicles
We are advised the business is being sold as a Leasehold business opportunity, with a current annual rent of £12,000 on a rolling lease.
Monday - Saturday: 7.00 am – 3.00 pm
Sunday: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
To increase turnover the café could open into the evening.
The business is run and managed by our client, with the help of 3 part time staff members and 1 full time member of staff.
Crystal Café generated an advised turnover of circa £100,000 as of the 2017 accounts.
However, this could be dramatically increased by opening longer hours to incorporate evening trade.
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