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Please Quote Reference B05834
Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market an exciting opportunity to acquire, on a Leasehold basis, an exceptionally well run and performing farm shop.
The shop retails organic fruit and vegetables, organic meat and organic or ethical and sustainable dry food, drinks, home and beauty products. It is a condition of the lease that the shop continues to retail organic fruit, vegetable and meat, as this is the offer currently driving strong commercial results, as well as reflecting the ethos of Whitmuir, but it is acknowledged that there is further potential to diversify the offering for example into homeware, clothing, and gifts. The farm shop and butchery are currently certified as organic processors by the Soil Association who inspect annually.
Early in Whitmuir’s journey a subscription scheme, called the Farm Supporters Scheme, was introduced for the farm shop, which is still in operation and provides a solid regular income for the business, in addition to on-site trade. The management and income from this scheme are included in the lease.
Further to this, the shop services a wholesale account in central Edinburgh as well as providing a home delivery service of around 70 drops per week around Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, delivering on Wednesdays into Edinburgh and Midlothian, Thursdays and Saturdays into Edinburgh, and Friday in the Borders. Whitmuir currently lease a van to service these deliveries, which would be transferred to the new operator of the shop.
Our client would be willing to offer a handover period to the purchaser, this will help the transaction run smoothly. This business has very little competition around the local area and would be a great opportunity for any purchaser with experience in the industry.
This is an outstanding turn-key business which offers a new owner the opportunity to take this business to the next level.
Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to avoid disappointment.
The business is located on the picturesque Whitmuir Organic farm which is to be found just south of the village of Lamancha.
The small rural hamlet of Lamancha is situated in the heart of the Borders countryside. It is located on the A701 and is within easy commuting distance of Edinburgh, around 16 miles. Neighbouring Leadburn and West Linton are a short distance away.
West Linton is a historic conservation village, commutable via the A702, and connects with the City Bypass, providing links to Edinburgh International Airport, the Forth Road Bridge/Queensferry Crossing, and main motorway networks to the M74 and the south.
The farm shop is a bright, open space 188 sq. m situated at the front of the building housing the shop, gallery and café, with its own access directly from the customer carpark, as well as from the other businesses.
The shop is comprised of two retail areas, a large entrance space currently used to merchandise fruit and vegetables and a large central retail space, plus a large back of house storage area.
The butchery is located 20m away from the shop in a converted bothy and includes the cutting room with walking chillers, and office space.
We are advised that tenure is offered on a leasehold basis, 5-year lease available.
Rent £14000 PA.
Monday – Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
The business is run by one full time staff member with various part time staff.
The business reported a turnover in the region of £539,000 with detailed accounts available for interested parties. For Further information please reference B05834.
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