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Long Established Sub Post Office and General Store in Dumfries and Galloway

Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway
Freehold Price:
£249,000
Status
FOR SALE
Advert ID
247401
Reference
15884833 / Rightbiz

Long established sub-post office and general store with prominent roadside presence in a prime trading location on the main through road of town. Includes new build spacious 2 bed owners accommodation.

Situation:
The subjects occupy a prime trading location with main road frontage within the village of Closeburn which lies on the A76, the main road linking Dumfries and Kilmarnock. With prominent roadside presence, the property enjoying good visibility from the volume of traffic which passes through the village.

Enjoying a wonderful rural setting, a short distance from Thornhill, an attractive and bustling village well known for its individual shops and boutiques. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the village provides a wide range of amenities including hotels, tea rooms, bank, library, community centre, tennis and squash courts, health centre, pharmacy and a variety of shops. Thornhill has a well-regarded primary school and is also home to Wallace Hall Academy recognised nationally as a secondary School of Ambition.

Closeburn Store is also well placed for access to the market town of Dumfries 13 miles to the south, which offers a wide range of services and amenities including a variety of shops, restaurants, primary and secondary schools. The surrounding area is popular with tourists offering an abundance of outdoor pursuits and activities. The M74 provides transport links to the north and south and is approximately 25 miles to the east. Dumfries also has a mainline railway station with onward connections to London and the South. This is an ideal area for those seeking a tranquil and peaceful lifestyle.

The Business:
The business trades as a sub post office and general store. It offers for sale a range of general and frozen convenience grocery items together with bakery and dairy products, local fresh produce, traditional news, confectionery and tobacco lines. Also benefits from the National Lottery, tobacco certificate and Pay Station connection. The current owners have elected to not operate with the benefit of a liquor license which represents an excellent opportunity for new owners to increase revenues.

Opening hours:

Mon - Fri 6:30am – 5:00pm

Sat 7:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 8:00am – 11:00am

The premises benefits from its position on the busy A76 and as such reaps the reward of the strong tourism trade in the area. Details of the P.O. salary, which we understand is available for transfer to a suitable incoming party, and audited accounts will be made available to those parties showing genuine interest.

 

Property:
The business operates from a ground floor retail premises (22.07 sq m / 237.45 sq ft) with window frontage onto the A76, a prime trading location on the main through road of town.

Internally the premises comprise a sizable retail sales area, approx. 22.07 sq m (237.45 sq ft) well fitted throughout with a comprehensive range of modern high quality fixed and free-standing display units and shelves, fridges, cabinets and a prominent fully equipped counter area with electronic till point. A shelved stock room is located at the rear of the property providing access to the owners’ accommodation. The sub Post Office counter is located at the rear of the store.

The spacious purpose-built owners’ accommodation is located at the rear of the property occupying both ground and first floor levels. The property comprises lounge, kitchen diner and family bathroom on the first floor with a floor space of approx. 26.01 sq m (279.97 sq ft). Two 2 double bedrooms – one with en-suite are located on the first floor with a combined floor space of approx. 16.32 sq m (175.67 sq ft).

The property has mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil central heating.

 

Rating Assessment

The commercial premises are entered in the current Valuation Roll at a rateable value of £2,000. Under the Small Business Bonus Scheme 100% relief might be available. Residential the property is a Council Tax Band D

 

Trading Figures

This is a very steady and profitable business, run to suit the lifestyle of the current owners. Full trading information will be provided following a formal viewing.

 

Price

Offers Over £249,000 are are invited to include the current business, residential dwellinghouse and anticipated transfer of the P.O. salary. All prices, rents and premiums, where quoted, are exclusive of VAT. Prospective purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves independently

 

Inventory

An inventory will be compiled to detail all items of a personal nature excluded from the sale.

External:
Large fully enclosed garden to the rear with private driveway providing ample parking for several cars. Patio area immediately outside of kitchen entrance. Double garage with electricity supply.

Listing Details
Freehold Price: £249,000
Tenure: Freehold
Location: Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway
Sector: Convenience Stores
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Annual Net Profit: Available upon request
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