Business There has been a café on these premises for at least 20 years. The current owner has been running successfully for the last 3 years and is selling, due to his wish to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
The business sells traditional fayre such as breakfasts, toasties, hot and cold drinks, hot sandwiches, jacket potatoes and daily specials, it also offers a kid’s menu. The owner prides himself on the quality of the ingredients used and tries to source local produce where possible. Slims Café is well known for its homemade pies such as steak, cottage, chicken, ham hock, lamb hot pot, liver and onions and chilli etc; all of which are served with mash and fresh veg.
Slims Café has many regular customers and enjoys good reviews online. The café also boasts a hygiene rating 4.
There is a healthy outside catering arm that provides meals and buffets for three residential homes and the ymca. Close by there is a builder’s merchants with 300 employees that use the café on a regular basis. It also sells 35 takeaway Sunday lunches a week and also provides High Teas for local homes and businesses.
Scope to improve Website Maximise the use of social media Advertising and marketing campaign Consider Just Eat/ Hungry House online offerings Extend the opening hours Open as a bistro in the evenings.
Location Erdington is a suburb of Birmingham that is historically part of Warwickshire and 5 miles northeast of central Birmingham and the borders of Sutton Coldfield.
Important roads that access the area include the A38 (Birmingham to Derby road), A5127 and the A47 spine road. The M6 Motorway forms the southern border of the district with connections at Junction 6 (Spaghetti Junction). There is a well-established network of bus routes through Erdington with connections to Birmingham city centre and Sutton Coldfield.
The business is ideally situated just off the main shopping area. The road on which Slims Cafe is set is a popular cut through from the High Street to Sutton New Road and as a result enjoys high levels of footfall and passing trade. Erdington is a busy and vibrant shopping centre with many of the main chain stores along with independent shops. There is free on street parking and an inexpensive car park within easy walking distance.
Slims Café is nicely presented and well signed, clearly visible to passing trade.
Premises The business occupies the ground floor of a period terraced property and is presented and maintained to a high standard.
Café Bay window and glazed door to front creating a light and airy interior, suspended ceiling with concealed lighting, carpeted floor with tables and chairs providing 24 covers.
Equipment includes: - Feature menu boards Glass fronted serve over counter Glass fronted drinks chiller Stainless steel preparation table Glass cake stand Lincat stainless steel urn Under counter storage Till Wrapping area.
Kitchen Comprehensively equipped catering kitchen presented in nice order.
Equipment includes: - 3 x under counter fridges Single basket fryer Lincat griddle Extraction system Flavel range style cooker with 8 gas burners and twin ovens 4 x microwave ovens Panini maker Perimeters shelving Hand wash basin
Wash up area Stainless steel sink with l-shaped drainer, tiled walls and hand wash basin. WC
Staff facilities with hand wash basin.
Hallway With 3 x upright freezers and door to rear where there is a car parking space.
Tenure We are advised this is a leasehold sale.
The original term was for 5 years. There are 2 years remaining as of 2017. The rent is £507 per month.
We are further advised that the landlord would be happy to negotiate a new lease for the new owner.
There are no business rates currently payable.
Hours 7.30am - 3pm 7 days a week.
Staff The business is run by a full-time manager with the help of 6 part time/casual members of staff.
Financial Profile The business achieved a turnover of approximately £109,000 in 2016.
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