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Popular Store With Café - Ideally Positioned For Sale

Boat Of Garten, Highland
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Hilton Smythe are delighted to bring to the market (on a freehold basis) this very busy licensed convenience stores and café with an excellent reputation that is located in a wonderful highland setting within the Cairngorm National Park and is the real hub of the community for locals and tourists alike.

Dows Store & Osprey Café has been under the careful ownership of our client since 2013 and is now offered to the market for sale due to a change in family circumstances, along with the desire of our client to take well-earned retirement.

The store caters for the daily needs of the local population and supplies a wide range of fresh and frozen produce, meats, vegetables, bakery items, alcoholic drinks, household items, newspapers, tobacco, confectionery and stationary items. The business has the benefit of a significant increase in trade during the tourist season with the store being ideally positioned next to a holiday park with 75 caravans and numerous holiday homes within the local area, thus generating an impressive level of turnover.

The café side of the business offers quality fayre including, tea's, coffee's, Paninis, sandwiches, toasties and various other hot and cold meal options. The business prides itself with its selection of homemade soups and baking, all delivered in a modern and relaxed setting with space for up to 18 covers. The Cafe is a welcomed stop off for walkers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts, and its regular customers from within the local area.
The store & café really are the hub of activity and are both very well used.

Turnover may be increased by possibly introducing some new retail lines, extended opening hours, a modest investment in the dedicated website with online ordering facility and venue hire for perhaps smaller club events in the evenings with catering provisions. The café also has a number of gift items on display for customers to purchase.

The premises are in good general condition having undergone a modest programme of refurbishment over the past couple of years and are well maintained throughout.

We feel that this is an excellent opportunity for a new owner to take this popular business to the next level. Early Viewing is highly recommended.

Dows Store & Osprey Café is situated in the popular highland village of Boat of Garten and lies within the boundary of the Cairngorm National Park. Boat of Garten has long been associated with the famous Osprey Visitors Centre that attracts thousands of visitors every year.

In addition to the visitor centre, both the Cairngorm and the Lecht ski and winter sports resorts can be found a short distance away, with the major attraction of the Cairngorm Funicular Railway ensuring the resort attracts visitors all year round.

The local area is a real hot spot in terms of tourist destinations within Scotland, with many activities to be found right on the door step including fishing, golfing, shooting, hill walking, mountain biking, along with water sports, which take place on many of the local lochs. Many visitors also embark on the famous “whisky trail”, a chance to visit many of the finest distilleries in the world; all located within the highlands of Scotland.

The larger town of Aviemore can be found 7 miles away and has further amenities including a main railway station giving access to the “Highland Capital” city of Inverness that provides all the major facilities including its own airport.

The business occupies a substantial retail premises extending to c.176m2 and benefits from quality signage to the exterior. The single-story building is in good general condition and has undergone a programme of internal refurbishment by the current owners.

On entrance there is a large, modern, service counter with electronic cash register, cigarette & alcohol gantry. The main store is fitted to a modern standard and is bright, clean and benefits from a large central display unit running almost the full length of the shop, to compliment the perimeter shelving & racking display units. There is a good selection of fully fitted refrigeration units.

To the rear of the premises there is a fitted office, store room (with secure storage facility) and access to the rear of the premises for deliveries.
Off the main shop floor area is a secondary sales space where a range of household products and DIY goods can be found for sale, with a further centre display isle and extensive perimeter racking and shelving.

The café can be accessed via an adjoining doorway within the store. The café also benefits from a separate entrance from the front aspect of the shop, which gives access in to the bright and airy open plan seating area with free-standing tables and chairs to cater for up to 18 covers, with a service counter complete with electronic cash register and access to the fully equipped kitchen/food preparation area.
To the rear of the café there are ladies and gents W.C. plus a baby changing area.

Located to the external front aspect of the café is an outdoor seating area with various tables and chairs accommodating up to 16 covers.

The business benefits from excellent roadside positioning and is well signed and easily visible with ample on-site parking along with road side parking, a secure bicycle rack, seating and display for larger stock items such as solid fuels.

We are advised that tenure is offered on a Freehold basis.

The business currently operates:
Monday –Saturday 0730 – 1900
Sunday - 0830 - 1800

The business is run & managed by the current owner with the addition of 1 full time member of staff.

Financial Profile
The business reported a gross turnover in the region of £400,000.

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