Comfort Foods is located in central Inverness in an area surrounded by offices, retail and various other businesses, providing good footfall from staff employed in these businesses as well as from tourists and passing trade. The business was opened in the late part of 2015 and has steadily grown achieving a turnover in the region of £170K. The café provides a day time service from breakfast through lunch and afternoon teas closing at 5.30 pm every day, six days a week. There is also a growing takeaway service mainly during the lunch time period, covering most items on the menu as well as a selection of ice creams, presented in a 14 tub ice cream freezer, a small selection of delicatessen items are also available. The premise is presented to the market in good condition, with the ground floor hosting the main trading area along with staff and customer facilities. The basement is a large area comprising an office, store rooms and a large workshop area that is unused by the present owner but would support any packaging or food preparation should this be required, as well as many other purposes. This is a new business in a popular area with a growing turnover that new owners could continue to develop and take to the next level. It is the present owners wish to focus on a completely different line of work which has brought this excellent trading prospect to the market.
The business operates year round and has good signage and therefor attracts passing trade. There are a couple of free standing bill boards as well as a menu board on the entrance wall. The building is separated into the customer facing servery with customer seating to the front and the kitchen area to the rear. The kitchen is fully fitted and all equipment is included in the sale. The Café is run by the owner and 2/3 members of staff both full time and part time who are on zero contracts. The business should continue to grow from strength to strength and will ideally suit an owner operator business model to capitalize on the existing trade, but with a view to developing trade further. A full Inventory will be prepared and all items are included in the sale.
Inverness is the commercial and administrative centre for the Highlands of Scotland. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK with a resident population in excess of 65,000 and a geographical shopping catchment area spanning 10,000 sq miles, with a potential catchment population of 350,000. Comfort Foods occupies a prominent position on the east side of Church Street between its junction with Union Street and Baron Taylors Street in Inverness city centre. This area has recently benefited from streetscape improvements.
Inverness has extensive facilities for residents and visitors boasting two golf courses, a theatre (Eden Court), an excellent indoor swimming complex, cinema, bowling and ample opportunity to enjoy evening entertainment at a range of venues. Inverness is a popular tourist destination swelling its population greatly in the main tourist season. Whether it is a whisky trail, a boat trip on Loch Ness or a visit to one of the many accessible Scottish castles, the property is ideally situated to catch the eye of the many tourists in the City. Inverness is a vibrant and growing City and with such expansion comes many opportunities in both commerce and social activities. Such growth benefits established businesses and ensures a year-round trade potential.
The subjects comprise ground floor and basement accommodation, within a four storey building of traditional stone and slate construction which has been extended to the rear by means of a single storey structure of masonry construction.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage.
The wide range of commercial catering equipment and flexible trading areas makes this business an excellent prospect for a food production unit or for someone wishing to develop an outside catering business, as well as run a popular café.
Full trading figures will be provided post viewing.
Offers Around £37,500 are invited for the assignation of the leasehold interest of the business. Full lease details are available upon request. Passing rent is set at £26,000 per annum. There are 9 years left to run on the lease and we understand that an extension would be possible if required.