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• Highly popular and long-established licensed convenience store set within the ever-popular town of Dornoch.
• Excellent central trading location within Dornoch retail park providing easy access and ample parking.
• Easy-to-operate self-employment opportunity, with strong and consistent turnover.
• A smart well-maintained business with spacious retail trading areas (c140m2) and flexible internal layout, plus modern fixtures and fittings.
• Service support areas include external storage, staff W.C. and office.
The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is within the historical county town of Sutherland, overlooking the Dornoch Firth. The town has a population of c.1300 which swells greatly during the main tourist season (Easter to October). A designated National Scenic and Conservation area, Dornoch is a popular and tranquil location with a unique atmosphere, outstanding scenery and a mild micro climate making Dornoch a popular visitor attraction for many. The world renowned Royal Dornoch Championship course is a wonderful venue and a challenging test of golfing skills. Dornoch offers visitors and residents alike a good range of facilities and amenities including shops, hotels, golf schools and FE College plus its Seaside Award for its clean bathing beach. The area has a much broader appeal with walks, fishing, field sports, and water sports all being readily available. There are a great many places of historic interest within an hours’ drive. The town has some excellent Sandstone buildings, including the c.13th Century Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace (now a Hotel), the Courthouse and Old Town Jail. The town has a charm and elegance that makes this a very popular residential area. Dornoch is only an hour from Inverness Airport with the main arterial A9 route (Inverness to Thurso) at the road end. Tain is just over 9 miles away which has an extensive range of specialist shops and services.
Spar Convenience Store is a most popular licensed grocery business situated in a superb trading location within the idyllic town of Dornoch. Set in a prominent position within a retail park, this spacious and well laid out property has a net internal area of about 140m2. The retail elements were fully refitted in 2018 and comprise wall mounted displays and free-standing isle units. Large multi deck refrigerated units and freezer display cabinets show produce to best effect. Spacious stock storage facilities and convenient access for deliveries is another attractive feature of this well-presented store. A sales counter is located close to the entrance providing an ideal focal point for customer service and security. The shop has an internal ATM machine, which draws in footfall. Adequate stock storage and staff facilities are located to the rear of the property.
The business caters to a solid year-round demand from local residents with additional tourist trade within the summer months. Turnover is high generating the potential for sound profitability. Trade is driven through traditional grocery and news agency sales which have evolved over recent times to include a wide range of merchandise in this smart, exceptionally well-presented store. Items available for sale include fresh and frozen produce, greeting cards, bakery lines, soft and alcoholic drinks, tobacco, newspapers and confectionery without being exhaustive. The store is popular for the sale of lottery tickets. Providing for the daily needs of local inhabitants the shop is well regarded and this is reflected in the consistently high sales. The business has a solid reputation locally and benefits from a loyal customer base. There is little doubt that this retail operation represents a solid and sustainable income for hands-on operators. The general trading aspects open;
Monday – Saturday 7am to 7pm
Sunday – 8am to 6pm
The property is of modern construction dating from the early 2000’s. The business is set on the ground floor only, over 140m2; the property is fully double glazed and has access through the rear for ease of deliveries.
From a prominent roadside location, the premises have a well-signed frontage and easy access. The sales area is extremely well maintained throughout and has a good range of flexible fixtures and fittings. The sales counter is set to the left-hand wall upon entering via the main entrance providing sensible security coverage of the sales area. Extensive bays of shelving offer an excellent display of numerous grocery items throughout the perimeter of the store and large chilled / freezer cabinets offers a wide choice of items. Aisles offer an easy passage for customers separated by freestanding display shelving islands which promote sales.
The office sits to the rear of the trading area and benefits from a security camera which monitors activity within the shop. A staff W.C. is also located here. Storage is located in a unit behind the shop.
There is no owner’s accommodation with this property.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The shop has a security system and CCTV coverage.
The current vendors wish to reduce their workload and focus on other business ventures. This leasehold opportunity offers the scope for new owners to acquire a desirable self-employment opportunity and build upon the successes of this vibrant business.
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