Sarah Jane's Café is a popular café and coffee house, which is well presented throughout and is an extremely manageable opportunity. The business offers potential for incoming operators to purchase a sought-after daytime catering business, which is purposefully fitted and equipped and the attractive premises briefly comprise: - Main Café/Restaurant Area comfortably seating 30 customers with a part covered Terrace to the front providing Al Fresco Seating for a further 16 customers; Customer Servery Area; Waitress/Preparation Area; Commercial Kitchen with Washup Area. The premises also benefits from Private Parking to the rear for 2/3 cars. The sale of Sarah Jane's offers undoubted potential for new owners to build on the existing levels of trade with opportunities to develop the style of trade to suit their own personal requirements and take advantage of this highly desirable day time catering business in a prominent high street location within this highly sought-after East Devon coastal town.
Sarah Jane's Café occupies a lucrative and prime trading location with a visible frontage within the main high street within the much sought after and highly regarded coastal town of Sidmouth, probably one of the busiest tourist locations within East Devon. The attractive East Devon regency coastal resort of Sidmouth is an extremely affluent town, situated on the Jurassic Coast in an area officially designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With a resident population of approximately 15,000 which is boosted considerably by visitors to the town throughout the year, and particularly during the summer months, Sidmouth is situated around 12 miles from the city of Exeter with access to the M5 motorway, which provides excellent communications throughout the country. This exclusive coastal resort is particularly renowned for its Folk Week, whereby businesses enjoy a huge trading boost. The sale of Sarah Jane's Café represents a unique opportunity to purchase a popular and easily manageable day time catering business which still lends itself to further development.
Glazed character single frontage with recessed glazed entrance door opening into Main Café/Restaurant Area an attractive dining area with carpeting flooring, wall mounted air conditioning unit, wall mounted menu boards, feature lighting, range of free standing wooden topped tables, chairs and cushioned perimeter seating comfortably for 30 customers. Customer WC. Customer Servery with serve over counter with open shelving to the rear, storage cupboards, glass fronted bottle fridge, electronic cash register, commercial coffee machine, coffee grinder, filter coffee machine and cake display. Waitress/Preparation Area with chest freezer, wall shelving, work surfaces with storage cupboards under, upright freezer, undercounter fridge and hand basin. Wash Up Area fitted with stainless steel sink unit, commercial dishwasher and wall shelving. Through into Commercial Kitchen which benefits from a serving hatch to the waitress/preparation area, and which is fitted with non-slip flooring, extractor system with stainless steel canopy over, griddle, twin tabletop deep fat fryer, range of work surfaces, hand basin, three microwave ovens, electric oven, four undercounter fridges and a toaster. Dry Store with hot water boiler and three freezers. Staff WC.
To the front of the property is an Al Fresco Seating Terrace Area for 16 customers being part covered by a retractable canopy. To the rear of the property is a Bin Store Area and owner's Private Car Parking with space for 2/3 cars.
Please note: The fittings, equipment and services listed have not been tested by the agents, although we are informed that all items are in working order.
Sarah Jane's Café is an established catering business which was acquired by our client in 2017 and benefits from a popular following. Trading on a daytime only basis, 6 days a week, Sarah Jane's is well presented throughout and benefits from a lucrative and prominent high street trading position and the premises have been established as a daytime café for many years. Through personal choice, our client a single working proprietor, deliberately restricts the opening hours of the business to suit her other business interests. Serving an easily prepared menu to eat in or take away, items include breakfast, snacks, light meals and main meals, sandwiches, baps and paninis, cakes, hot and cold drinks. The business proves popular with those living and working in the area, passers-by and visitors to the town, such is the trading position, all year-round trade is enjoyed rather than being reliant on tourists. A viewing appointment is essential in order to fully appreciate the standards inherent throughout all aspects of this business.
Through personal choice, our client, a single working proprietor, has deliberately chosen to restrict the trading hours and consequently the trade levels are restricted to below the VAT threshold. Full detailed trading information can be made available to interested parties after a formal viewing appointment.
The business trades Monday to Saturday from 9am until 4pm and is closed on Sunday.
The business is run by our client with the assistance of 1 full time and 1 part time member of staff. The business could easily be operated by a working couple with a small amount of part time/casual staff assistance.
Our client advises that there is potential to increase all aspects of the trade with an opportunity to increase the opening hours, particularly for Sunday opening. There are also further potential for marketing and advertising opportunities, including the development of a website and a more proactive use of social media. Potential exists of an incoming operator to develop their own style of cuisine and to trade in a manner to suit their own personal requirements and to take advantage of this well-presented business in a prominent trading position. Our client is prepared to offer a full handover and training to interested parties should they require it. Sarah Jane's Café represents a unique opportunity to purchase a well-established and well-presented business in a sought-after trading location and new owners will benefit with being able to move in without the need for major expenditure.
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All mains services are connected to the property.
Price & tenure
£15,000 for the valuable leasehold interest as a going concern business and full trade inventory. Wet and dry stocks to be additional at valuation. The business is held on the residual of a 5-year lease that commenced in 2017. The current rent is £14,000 per annum with rent payable quarterly in advance. The lease is a sub-lease from the adjoining solicitors practice and as such is outside the Landlord and Tenants Act. Full details are available upon request.
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