Restaurant for sale

Fresh! Cafe / Restaurant, 121 High Street, Aberlour AB38

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  • Delightful cafe / restaurant business in an outstanding trading location, central to the town of Aberlour in the heart of 'Whisky Country'.

  • Prominently positioned and easily accessed operation in this ever-popular tourist destination, close to other amenities and within a high street setting.

  • Currently trading as a cafe with up to 40 covers, the business has tremendous further business generation potential.

  • Fully refurbished customer areas plus functional well-appointed service facilities and guest washrooms.

  • A simple trading model that would suit first-time buyers looking for a hands-on role.

Fresh! Is an attractive ground floor trading unit within a most prominent operating location within the popular town of Aberlour. The building, dating from the early 1900s, has an attractive façade with a canopy frontage and excellent signage. Set to the centre of the town, the business aspects are easily located within this popular tourist centre set on the hugely popular Speyside Whisky Trail.

This fully modernised cafe has benefited from recent significant upgrades which present it in walk-in condition. The cafe is beautifully appointed with modern decor. The business offers up to 40 covers plus up to 4 tables set to the pavement. The trading aspects provide a wonderful ambience, tastefully decorated with a range of wood crafts, glass work and paintings on display. The service areas are well-appointed to provide quality food provision and to support a highly frequented modern cafe. This stunning and affordable going concern, offers a simple and profitable trading opportunity which would ideally suit new hands-on owner/operators.

Fresh! Is an established business, with a strong and growing reputation locally. The business offers a year-round trading platform and currently opens 7 days a week, between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday till Saturday and 10am and 4pm on Sundays. The cafe was previously operated on a leased basis and as such no accounts are available for period 2015 to 2018 from the previous tenants. Prior to being leased, the business had a consistent turnover iro £180,000 producing an attractive net profit. It is anticipated that at year-end 2019 turnover will be around £125,000 with the potential to increase income going forward. The cafe has undoubted further potential to combine an all-day operation, delivering simple lunches and cafe fayre during the daytime and a more formal offering for evening dinners.

Reason for sale
The vendors purchased the business in 2005 and since then have fully redeveloped the property, making it the delightful venue it represents today. It is genuine retirement plans which brings this highly attractive cafe / restaurant opportunity to the market. The current owner has intimated that they would be happy to support new owners through the transition period.

Fresh! Is situated within the town centre of Aberlour and has a commanding presence on the main arterial route through the town. The resident population of Aberlour is around 1,200 but attracts a much larger catchment area in terms of trade. This historic town is situated in the heart of one of the most stunning areas of Scotland and adjacent to the Cairngorms National Park. Flanking the River Spey, Aberlour is in the vicinity of several Scotch whisky distilleries, putting the town in the heart of the famed Malt Whisky Trail. Aberlour has a number of visitor attractions which draw in many tourists each year. The hills and coast are within a relatively short drive with an abundance of wildlife within the region. Tourists also enjoy visiting the many historic sites and castles in the locality. There is a range of sporting facilities including shooting plus salmon and trout fishing on the rivers Deveron, Findhorn, and the world-famous Spey. The nearby mountains provide opportunities for hill walking and skiing with ski resorts both on the Cairngorm range and the Lecht. The region has renowned golf courses with quality clubs at Boat of Garten, Grantown on Spey, Dufftown and Keith to name but a few. All the other normal facilities one would expect from a vibrant country town such as small shops, Post Office, and supermarkets are close by. Primary education and Secondary Schooling are available at Speyside High in Aberlour.

The property
Of traditional stone construction, built in the early 1900s, the property is an attractive 2-storey building under a pitched slate roof. The first floor is a large residential apartment which is not included in the sale, but which may be available through separate negotiation.

Public & service areas
With excellent signage and branding, customer access to the trading elements is off the pavement to the front through a glazed door. Once inside the cafe, there is a servery to the right-hand side. Free-standing wooden tables and chairs are attractively spaced, to seat up to 40 covers. There are good quality ladies' and gents' wash rooms to the rear with disabled access and baby changing facilities. The internal aspects have a lovely ambience and offer modern facilities.

The kitchen is located to the rear of the service counter, offering ease of food preparation and service. Configured to an 'L' shape, an area is used for a pot wash plus preparation and another is used for food service. The well-appointed kitchen is modern with stainless steel worktops and includes a range of modern appliances including a double fryer and double fan oven and grill. There is a large dry goods store to the rear of the property with chest freezers and refrigerators as well as a laundry room with shelved units providing further storage space.

Owners / staff accommodation
There is no owner's accommodation allocated within this property. There may be the possibility to purchase the large apartment above the cafe under separate negotiation.

Fresh! Cafe boasts a prominent high street location offering excellent branding opportunities in a highly frequented thoroughfare. Set to the front of the property are 4 external tables which offer a lovely seating area covered by canopy. To the rear of the property is an area of shared ground, with access to the rear through a wooden portico perfect for receiving deliveries. There is ample parking directly outside the business plus a large car park just a minute's walk distant.

The business does not have a license in accordance with The Licensing Scotland Act 2005. However, the previous operation traded with the benefit of licensed sale and the current owners believe that should new operators who wish to apply for a license should do so through Moray Council.

The property benefits from mains gas, electricity, water and drainage. The cafe has gas central heating. The property has undergone a series of upgrades to the plumbing and electrics including a new boiler. The property is partially double glazed and is fire safety compliant.


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