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Established and highly popular licensed convenience store and café extending to 176m2 set within the Cairngorm National Park.
Excellent trading location within the popular residential and holiday village of Boat of Garten with prominent roadside frontage in a picturesque setting.
Strong and consistent turnover with sound profitability plus scope for further business development.
Recently upgraded retail units presenting a smart well-maintained business.
A much sought after self-employment and lifestyle opportunity in a tremendous Highland village.
Some development potential subject to planning consents.
There is no owner’s accommodation being sold with this property.
Dow’s Store and Osprey Cafe is situated in the popular village of Boat of Garten which has a strong sense of community. The village has a post office, cafe and hotel. It is also home to the famous Boat of Garten Golf Club and nearby is also the renowned Loch Garten Osprey Centre; both draw in many visitors to the area. The nearest main town is Aviemore (6.5 miles away) a highly popular residential town and also one of Scotland’s major tourist destinations with some of the most wide ranging visitor facilities within the Highlands. The area benefits from year-round trading due to the wide ranging amenities and facilities available in both the winter and summer months. The Cairngorms and The Lecht ski resorts are well-known for their outstanding mountain sports including winter activities. The Cairngorm funicular railway ensures that the Cairngorm Mountains are fully accessible to people of all ages and abilities. The surrounding countryside provides a wealth of excellent rural sporting opportunities including shooting and salmon fishing, especially on the River Spey. Water sports are available on the many mountain lochs and rivers which include white water rafting, kayaking and sailing. The area has a number of other excellent golf courses plus a wide range of other recreational facilities. Aviemore has a wide variety of bars, restaurants, cafes and retail outlets to suit a wide spectrum of expectations. The popular Strathspey Railway stops at Boat of Garten during the main season. Further afield, visitors can visit the many distilleries on the Whisky Trail or castles across the region. Aviemore has a full range of education, social and welfare facilities and has a mainline railway station. Boat of Garten is close to the A93 and A9 (the main arterial route from Inverness to Perth). Inverness to the North is the capital of the Highlands providing a full range of additional services including an airport.
Dow’s Store and Osprey Café is a most popular licensed convenience store and café business situated in the exceptionally sought after residential village and tourist destination of Boat of Garten. This trading unit has a most prominent trading location on the main road leading into the village. The business caters to a solid year-round demand from local residents with the additional support of the great number of tourists visiting within the holiday months (April – October) plus those who visit the area for winter sports.
This single storey property has been maintained to a good standard with recent investments to upgrade merchandising units. A centrally located sales counter provides an ideal focal point for customer service and security. Adequate stock storage and staff facilities are located to the rear of the property.
The owners take a full role in the shop but also employ a number of part-time staff. The present owners commenced the business in July 2013 and have enjoyed the independent lifestyle that accompanies ownership of a successful business. There is little reason to doubt that enthusiastic new proprietors could build on successes to date and in turn drive higher turnover on an annual basis.
Dow's Store and Osprey Café generate a sound turnover achieving a respectable adjusted net profit. Trade is driven through traditional grocery and general sales which have evolved over recent times to include fresh and frozen produce, greeting cards, bakery lines, soft and alcoholic drinks, tobacco, stationery and confectionery without being exhaustive. The store provides for the daily needs of inhabitants of the village and is well regarded in the locality with a strong and loyal customer base. The convenience store also provides an invaluable service to the many tourists who visit the area. To the rear of the shop is a caravan park plus there are many self-catering holiday homes in the immediate area; these provide a steady footfall during the summer season. Internally the shop is arranged at ground level and enjoys spacious retail floor space (154m2) and well-laid out aisles. Large refrigerated and freezer display cabinets show off produce to the best effect. The shop also has an internally located cash machine.
The café accounts for a growing level of turnover and is becoming an increasingly popular venue both for locals, regular visitors and occasional tourists. The café provides a mix of beverages and simple menu items. This easy to operate aspect of the business has the potential for further growth.
The property is of modern construction built in the late 1950s under a partially pitched roof with all accommodation set at ground level access. The flat roof area to the rear benefits from light tunnels. From a tarmac parking area, public access is via 2 separate entrances; one to the convenience store and the other to The Osprey Café. There is a rear access for deliveries etc. and there are secure storage units which facilitate out of hours deliveries.
From a prominent roadside location, the business has excellent signage. Offering easy street level access, the front left-hand door gives customers access to the convenience store which is extremely well-maintained throughout and has a good range of fixtures and fittings. The sales counter is on the immediate left of the main entrance providing sensible security coverage of the sales area. The main sales space gives rise to a wide range of food items including fresh, chilled and frozen items. There is a secondary sales area where a range of household and DIY goods are displayed. Extensive racking and shelving offer an excellent display of numerous grocery items throughout the perimeter of the store and large chilled / freezer cabinets offer a wide choice of items. Aisles offer an easy passage for customers separated by freestanding display shelving islands which effectively promote sales. The cash machine is centrally located within the shop.
The shop and café have an adjoining doorway. The café also has a separate entrance from the front of the shop which gives access to an open plan seating arrangement set to free-standing tables and chairs to cater for up to 20 customers. A service counter with supporting kitchen area is set to the right of the café. The café has a number of gift items arranged on shelving. To the rear of the café there are ladies and gents W.C. plus a baby changing area. To the front of the café is external bench / patio seating for up to 18 customers.
The large storeroom extends to around 22m2 and sits to the rear of the sales area. In turn this has an external door that adjoins the secure delivery store making ease of out of hour’s deliveries. Within the store is an admin area with a desk and computer plus a separate store for liquor stock.
The business has a prominent roadside frontage with attractive signage. There is external seating for café customers, a bicycle rack and secure display for heavy stock i.e. logs etc. Parking is available to the rear of the shop with unrestricted roadside parking providing for customer needs. The business has a delivery store and lean-to external store. There is a large external storage shed.
Mains electricity, water and drainage.
Full accounting information will be made available to seriously interested parties subsequent to viewing.
This business operates under the Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and a copy of the licence will be made available to interested parties post viewing.
The owners have decided to bring this charming business to the market prematurely due to a change in family circumstances and a desire to retire.
Mon to Sat - 7:30am - 7:00pm
Sun - 8:00am - 6:00pm
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