Retail Unit in a Superb Trading Location in Forres, Moray.
• Well-presented retail unit with a prominent shop frontage.
• Prime trading location in the popular town of Forres with views to St Laurence Church.
• A smart, well-maintained unit with a mix of newspaper sales, magazines, gifts and cards as well as a range of confectionary.
• Potential to develop existing trading model or other use in an area extending to circa 63m2.
This sale comprises of a well-presented retail unit which operates as a newsagent in the popular town of Forres. Overlooking the prestigious St Laurence Church the property is situated on the main road through Forres and enjoys a steady footfall. There are a range of other products sold, as well as the traditional newspaper and magazine selection. There is a wide range of confectionary, cards and stationary products, along with drinks and ice cream. In the near future organic food is going to be trialed; so far the shop is selling organic eggs. This has proven to be very successful and the owner has arranged a more permanent and larger supply of various products to satisfy demand. The shop also serves as a UPS drop off point for which a small fee is earned per parcel as well as having a payzone and health lottery terminal. The shop operates 8 paper rounds on a daily basis with 2 additional large Sunday rounds. Sue's News trades 7 days a week with restricted hours on a Sunday. The present owner has owned the shop for 11 years and it is his desire to relocate which has presented this business to the market.
A Royal Burgh since 1140, Forres is one of Scotland's oldest towns, steeped in history, and also one of its most attractive. The area is popular as a residential location but it is also very popular with tourists too. Forres makes a great base to explore the beautiful Moray Firth region which has something for everyone's taste; historical monuments, museums, castles, visitor centres etc. The town has a long established history with whisky distilling and is on the Whisky Trail; Dallas Dhu Distillery, which lies just south of the town, dates from the Victorian era, and though no longer in production it is maintained in working order by Historic Scotland and shows how older distilleries were operated. Benromach Distillery is an active distillery with a visitors' centre and is located just off the Forres bypass. The Town has a popular 18-hole golf course plus many others within a short drive. The River Findhorn, just to the West of the town, is a famous salmon river but also plays host to a range of river activities including white water rafting (billed as the best white water in Scotland by some), kayaking etc. Extensive countryside offers fantastic walks.
The subjects comprise the ground floor of a two story building, and have two large windows to the front made from safety glass. There is a double storm door to the main street and a single pane wooden and glass door to entry. The flooring is of vinyl tiles and the ceiling is of cellulose tiles. The building is of stone construction under a slate roof. The property for sale comprises the ground floor unit. There is no owner's accommodation.
TRADING / SERVICE AREAS
From a main street location in the town, across from St Laurence Church, the shop has well signed frontage and easy 'street level' access. The retail area, extending to about 48m2, has a good range of power points and lighting. There is a large serving area behind a counter, with storage on shelves underneath, and a till, which also provides stock/account control for the shop. The layout of the shop allows for a flexible utilisation of fixtures and fittings. To the rear of the main sales area is a stockroom and general utility area, which has a sink. There is a separate w/c with wash hand basin. These additional areas extend to circa 15m2. All fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage; heating is by under counter electric blow heaters. There is telephone and broadband.
Accounting information will be made available to genuinely interested parties subsequent to viewing