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Aspire is pleased to present for sale this town centre ice cream parlour with production facilities, ideally located in Southport. Sitting on a busy shopping street enjoying high footfall, the business is ideally placed for the trade and is surrounded by a wide variety of complementary shops and businesses, including many major high street brands. The popular and lively street is the hub of the town centre trade and boasts new, modern buildings as well as the trademark traditional Victorian canopies, creating a charming atmosphere.
The prominent premises benefit from ample local car parking, with a bus stop close by and the train station within easy walking distance.
Southport is a thriving town and boasts a wide range of amenities along with many tourist attractions. Sitting on the A565 and the A570, there is easy access to both Liverpool and Preston cities. The M6 and M58 motorways are approximately 15 miles distant.
The business has been operated by the current owner for over 35 years and is only now offered for sale due to retirement. The owner is well regarded in the area and has established a large, regular client base by providing high quality ice creams and other consumables in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Ice cream production facilities are onsite and the production and distribution business could easily be further extended and wholesale supplies offered to other retailers.
The cafe and ice cream parlour is based within a lock up retail unit, situated mid-parade, with wide pavement frontage and a prominent glazed facade, covered by a glazed canopy. There is an external dining area, with seating for approximately 24 covers, which is permitted for trade use up to 10.00pm.
Internally there is an open plan sales floor, incorporating seating for up to 50 covers, along with a wide sales counter, two large ice cream display freezers and a cake display.
To the rear of the shop is a visible, commercial kitchen. This is well equipped with a coffee machine, chillers, microwaves, grills, fridges and freezers and has a stainless steel air extraction unit, a walk in freezer and ample prep and storage areas.
Further to the rear is the manufacturing room boasting an array of appropriate equipment. There is a 50 gallon pasteuriser, 70 gallon ageing vat, batch freezer, double fridge, commercial washing facilities and stainless steel prep tables.
An internal staircase leads up to a first floor office and a fully shelved and racked storage room.
The premises are well maintained and fully fitted with high quality fixtures and fittings, complemented by tiled flooring and LED lighting.
There is great potential to increase turnover by expanding the manufacturing business and introducing business wholesales. The retail market could be enhanced by extending the opening hours into the evening. There is an opportunity to offer franchises to interested parties.
A website for sales and marketing, along with location and contact information, would also boost the business.
Monday to Sunday – 9.00am to 5.30pm
Leasehold business for sale - £49,995
New lease to be assigned
Annual lease rent - £25,500
Plus £450 per month for production facilities
Annual turnover - £250,000
Business rates - TBC
This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a thriving ice cream parlour set in an ideal trading location with excellent potential for expansion. Early viewing is recommended to fully appreciate the location and facilities. Prompt discussions with Aspire are strongly advised.
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