Description: A popular daytime coffee shop/café serving an easy menu together with daily specials to eat in or takeaway, having the added advantage of an attractive enclosed rear courtyard trade garden proving lucrative. Operating from deceptively spacious premises, forming part of a large imposing town centre property, the internal viewing of which is recommended to appreciate the size and versatility of the premises. Providing initial customer reception/servery counter with waitress/still room, 14 cover front dining area plus sofa seating, additional 18 cover rear dining area, spacious commercial kitchen, wash-up room, storage facilities and cloakroom whilst outside is the rear enclosed courtyard garden offering approx. 14 alfresco covers, in addition to front alfresco seating together and outside storage facilities. The business proves popular with the local resident and business community with a boost from visitors/holidaymakers to the area.
Location: Occupying a prime highly visible town centre trading position, situated just off the attractive Market Place, fronting the main pedestrian and vehicle thoroughfare passing through the town. At the time of our inspection, next door to a Solicitors Practice, opposite Symonds & Sampson Estate Agents, close to Boots Pharmacy, an opticians, dry cleaners, library and local museum. Adjacent could be found the pedestrian walkway with the local One Stop Convenience Store & Post Office, the walkway continuing to the nearby main shoppers car park and Co-op Supermarket, the area surrounded by popular residential housing, all of which ensures good levels of pedestrian foot flow and the business being easily accessible.
Area: Sturminster Newton is a North Dorset market Town situated in the heart of the beautiful Blackmore Vale with its rich agricultural land, the town continues to thrive and develop boasting both a primary and secondary school, it is easily accessible with other towns quickly reached to include Blandford approximately 7 miles, Shaftesbury approximately 8 miles, Sherborne approximately 10 miles whilst slightly further but only a short drive is the South Dorset coast together with the Poole and Bournemouth Conurbations approximately 24 miles away and 30 miles away respectively.
Premises: Very deceptive in size, internal viewing is a must, occupying part of the ground floor of a large imposing character building, the other parts occupied by Farnfields Solicitors. Customer entrance door opening to RECEPTION AREA, wood affect vinyl flooring, side aspect, feature ceiling lighting, fitted with 'L' shaped SERVERY COUNTER housing till, credit/debit card machine, coffee machine (subject to rental agreement) and coffee grinder. Useful STILL ROOM/WAITRESS AREA behind, benefits from light well, fitted with non-slip flooring, work counters and hand washbasin, contains toaster, fridge and dishwasher. From the reception area, INNER-LOBBY providing coat hanging facilities, through to FRONT DINING AREA, wood affect vinyl flooring, feature wood panelling to the walls, 2 sash windows providing front aspect, fireplace, fitted storage, ceiling cornice and inset spot lighting, free standing tables and chairs providing 14 covers with sufficient space for additional sofa seating. Inter-connecting REAR DINING AREA, also with wood affect vinyl flooring and inset ceiling lighting, free standing tables and chairs providing a further 18 covers, also offers access to the courtyard garden which can also be accessed via the REAR LOBBY where the CLOAKROOM is situated fitted with toilet and hand washbasin. Leading off the rear dining area, useful STORAGE ROOM, fitted with 2 storage cupboards, contains storage racking and fridge/freezer. To the rear of the property, KITCHEN with vaulted ceiling and back door, comprehensively equipped, amongst the inventory, stainless steel work tables, 5 burner cooker with extractor above, 2 microwave ovens, Panini machine, toaster, double drawer fridge/freezer unit, upright stainless steel fridge, under counter freezer. Separate WASH-UP ROOM leading off, fitted with twin stainless steel sink unit and dishwasher, also houses the DRY STORE containing upright fridge, upright freezer, under counter fridge and storage racking, benefits from useful side entrance door.
(None of the above appliances/systems have been tested and a purchaser must satisfy themselves as to the serviceability of these.)
Outside: To the front of the property, ALFRESCO SEATING AREA with space for 3 tables and 6 chairs, to the rear/side of the property, attractive enclosed block paved COURTYARD GARDEN with raised shrub borders, freestanding tables and chairs providing approximately 14 covers. To the side of the property, useful side access gate to gravelled area, offers BIN STORAGE AREA with additional space for cyclists to store their bikes when visiting the café, a large walk in STORE houses a chest freezer.
Business: An established business recently acquired by the current owner operated on a lifestyle basis. Tremendous potential exists for new owners to develop the business and build on the current levels of trade, currently operating in the main as a daytime coffee house/café, serving a breakfast menu, sandwiches, Paninis, soup, omelettes, salads and cakes together with lunchtime specials. The premises benefit from an alcohol licence enabling the serving of bottled beers and ciders in addition to soft drinks, speciality teas and coffees. Customers can eat in or takeaway, a great deal of regular local trade is enjoyed with additional visitor trade.
Trading Hours: The business typically trades Monday to Saturday 7.30am - 4.00pm. The vendors choose to close the month of January together with Bank Holidays and other days to suit their lifestyle. Scope exists for longer opening hours, in particular during the summer months, there is also the potential for evening trade should new owners wish to introduce, current owners experimented with 'Pop Up' evenings proving successful.
Staff: Operated by the vendor, assisted by 2 part time members of staff and Saturday staff.
Takings: The business is operated at a level to suit the lifestyle of the vendor, as such takings are purposefully maintained below the VAT threshold, the low premises costs assisting with the overall profitability of the business.
Comments: The Stur Of The Moment provides an opportunity to acquire a popular business, scope for further development. New owners will benefit from spacious premises considered most versatile, benefiting from a lucrative trade garden and an alcohol licence, enjoys favourable premises overheads despite their size and town centre trading position.
Tenure: Held on the residue of a 10 year renewable Lease which commenced in 2016, current rent £10.444 per annum, subject to 3 yearly rent reviews.
Rates: Currently 'Nil' after 100% rate relief.
Price: Reduced to £28,000 for the benefit of the Leasehold, Goodwill, Fixtures, Fittings & Equipment (according to inventory) plus stock at valuation.