• Well-established Highland fruit and vegetable wholesalers based in the thriving town of Tain.
• Easy-to-operate business model with ample opportunity to expand both in terms of client base plus geographically.
• Trading from a Highland Council leased unit comprising of a store area, office and bathroom facilities extending to circa 52m2.
• Operating to a modest profit but with realistic growth potential, presenting an exciting opportunity for first-time entrepreneurs.
• Detailed handover available with the sale plus full introduction to the extant client base.
Empire Foods is a compact but charming fruit and vegetable wholesalers business which covers an area of the Northern Highlands centred around the town of Tain but extending to parts of Inverness-shire, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire. The business trades out of the Blairliath Industrial Estate in Tain, ideal for ease of access for vehicles. The unit is a ground floor storage facility extending to around 52m2 with an office and staff washroom. The business leases the facilities from the Highland Council on an annual rental of £3,600 and runs until November 2025. Full details of the lease will be made available to interested parties. This unique small business would ideally suit new to market operators. The current owner is willing to provide a full hand-over period introducing new operators to clients etc.
Empire foods is well-established and trades through the provision of wholesale fruit and vegetables plus ancillary goods to a wide range of local businesses set across the Northern Highlands. The current owner is looking to retire and therefore feels that it is time for a new operator to take the business to the next level. The business has over 40 regular customers but in recent years there was a conscious decision not to develop the business. This presents an area of growth potential for any new to market operator. Empire Foods trades year-round and utilises a lease-hire van to facilitate deliveries. The operation is a one-man job presently but from time to time casual staff are utilised. The business could flourish where a couple could undertake a stronger business development function. Empire Foods has no website and does not actively promote itself on social media presenting obvious marketing opportunities going forward.
The business is owner operated with the support of a casual worker.
Tain is an attractive and historic market town in Ross-Shire which sits on the A9, the main arterial route in the Scottish Highlands. Tain has a wide range of amenities including shops, supermarkets, medical facilities, schools and recreational facilities. The unit benefits from a central trading location with numerous other trading outlets. Tain as a general location is certainly popular for walkers and field sportsmen with an abundance of local wildlife, trout and salmon fishing opportunities. Golf is another popular activity in the area with a championship standard course in Tain plus the famous Championship Course of Royal Dornoch which is only a short drive away. For tourists, Tain is well placed to explore a range of castles, distilleries and indeed is a good base from which to make a day trip to Loch Ness and visit the Highland Capital itself. The locale is well-known for its lovely golden sandy beaches, especially at Dornoch and Portmahomack, both within a short drive. Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, is approximately 35 miles away, accessed by an easy commute and offering extensive shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities, along with excellent road, rail and air links to the south and beyond.
Reason for sale
The vendor commenced operating Empire Foods in 2016 and it is his desire to retire that brings this business to the market.
The business trades from an end-terraced single storey unit of block construction. The Leasehold unit extends to 52m2 and comprises of an open-plan storage area set with tables. There is an office and washroom to the rear aspects. Access to the property is either via a single door or a roller shutter both set to the front of the building. There is parking to the front of the unit.
There is no owners accommodation with this business.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage.