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Well Established Cafe Business

Swansea Town, Swansea
Advert ID
B05378 / Rightbiz
Leasehold Price: £94,995
Annual Turnover: £93,750
Hilton Smythe are pleased to have been given the opportunity to manage the sale of Café Continental which is a well-established coffee shop / cafe / restaurant with a renowned reputation amongst local residents. This is a superb opportunity to take on a high turnover local business in an area teeming with customers.

Café Continental was founded in the early 1950’s and has become a well loved and well used business in the heart of Swansea with an impressive number of regular customers, many of whom have been using the business for generations. The current owners have been running the business for the last couple of years and it has been a real labour of love for them and flourished under their ownership.

The business is now being sold, albeit reluctantly and with a heavy heart only due to personal circumstances. The owners are keen to see their beloved coffee shop / café pass to an ambitious and entrepreneurial new owner who can take this already thriving business to the next level.
Café Continental offers a comprehensive menu and meals are freshly made on the premises using local ingredients wherever possible, the menu includes;
Sandwiches & Baguettes
Toasties & Paninis
Soup of the day
Hot and cold drinks
Continental Dishes
Roast Dinners
Burgers and more!

The sale will include the company Facebook page and the business enjoys great visibility on the internet via websites such as,,, etc.
Café Continental is proud of its five star hygiene rating and the business enjoys great reviews.

Scope to Improve:
Advertising and marketing campaign
Maximise the use of social media particularly Twitter and Instagram
Website, ideally with online ordering facility
Expand the outside catering side of the business especially corporate, perhaps providing business lunch buffets etc
Extend the opening hours, perhaps opening as a bistro in the evenings
Explore online delivery options from the likes of Hungry House and Just Eat.
Introduce a customer loyalty card / scheme

Reasons to Buy:
A well-established business with an enviable reputation and many loyal, regular customers
Prime trading position with loads of footfall and nearby parking
All fixtures and fittings included making this a real “Turn-key” business opportunity
Ideal owner managed or partnership business
Current owners happy to offer a handover to ensure the continued success
Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to avoid disappointment.
This wonderful business is likely to attract considerable interest

Café Continental is located in Swansea.

Swansea is a coastal city and county, officially known as the City and County of Swansea. Swansea lies within the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan and the ancient Welsh commote of Gwyr on the southwest coast. Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and the twenty-fifth largest in the United Kingdom.

According to its local council, the city and county of Swansea had a population of 241,300 in 2014. The last official census stated that the city, metropolitan and urban areas combined concluded to be a total of 462,000 in 2011, the second most populous local authority area in Wales, after Cardiff.

The M4 motorway with junctions 44 to 47 bypasses Swansea, replacing the A48 as the main east-west route. Both the M4 and A48 connect with Neath, Port Talbot and Cardiff to the east and Carmarthen to the west. The A483 dual carriageway links the city centre with the motorway at junction 42 to the east and junction 47 to the north west.

Swansea railway station is approximately a ten minute walk from Swansea bus station. Services calling at Swansea operate to Llanelli, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Tenby and Pembroke Dock. Great Western Railway connects Swansea to Cardiff Central, Newport, Bristol Parkway, Swindon, Reading and London Paddington.

Bus routes within Swansea are operated predominantly by First Cymru, while smaller bus and coach operators also operate some routes in the city, most of which are serving Swansea bus station.

Café Continental is ideally situated in a prominent main road position in the main shopping area and sits alongside other complimentary retail businesses and thus benefits from high levels of football and passing trade, as well as regular custom.

The business is beautifully presented and maintained with clear visible signage and distinctive dark green livery.

There is metered car parking immediately outside the premises as well as a number of inexpensive, public car parks within easy walking distance.

Café Continental occupies two floors of an attractive, period style building and briefly comprises;

Ground Floor

Roller shutter security. Windows and glazed double doors to front creating a light, airy and inviting interior, surprisingly spacious and nicely decorated, high ceilings which further enhance the feeling of space, suspended ceiling, fluorescent lighting, feature ceiling fan, tables and chairs currently providing approximately 70 covers but room for more, glass fronted drinks chiller, bespoke counter with tongue and groove wood panelling to front and timber worktop, expensive coffee machine, coffee grinder, till, milkshake maker, 4 slot toaster.

Comprehensively equipped catering kitchen, tiled floor, full extraction system with stainless steel canopy, 2 x three pot Bain Marie’s, stainless steel preparation tables, two single basket fryers, Ace griddle, chest freezer, twin compartment larder fridge with stainless steel top, Beko fridge freezer, twin stainless steel sinks with drainers, 3 microwave ovens, 2 four slot toasters, panini maker, 6 burner range cooker with fan oven beneath, wall mounted bug zapper, hand wash basin, door to rear.

Wash Up Area
Window to rear, tiled floor, range of base and wall units and complimentary worktop, stainless steel sink and drainer, Newscan commercial dishwasher,

Lower Ground Floor
To the lower floor is a generous basement which is currently used for storage but offers sub-Letting possibilities.

Changing area

Freezer / Dry Goods Store.

We are advised that Café Continental is being sold as a leasehold business opportunity.
The existing 15 year lease has approximately 13 years remaining, and we are advised that the landlord would be happy to negotiate a mutually acceptable lease with a new owner.
The current rent is £22,800 per annum which is reasonable given the size and location of the premises.
We are advised that the business rates payable are approximately £4,400 per annum.

Monday to Saturday 08.00 – 16.30
Sunday 09.30 – 15.30

The business is run and managed by our clients, a husband and wife team with the help of two part time members of staff and a trainee chef.

Financial Profile
Café Continental generates an advised current turnover of circa £93,750

Listing Details
Location: Swansea Town, Swansea
Sector: Cafes, Sandwich Shops
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