Restaurant for sale

Leasehold - Red Pepper Cafe, 92 Academy Street, Inverness IV1

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• Attractive and popular cafe within a highly desirable and busy area of Inverness city centre, the capital of the Highlands.

• Established trading entity with internal areas extending to c66m2 within a prime trading location providing ease of access to a wide range of facilities and amenities.

• Pleasantly furnished, modern cafe with a customer area set to 21 covers internally and 4 for pavement dining plus a delivery facility (Renault Kangoo delivery van) enabling off-site service.

• Popular cafe with strong year-round demand, trading to a profitable level with significant further growth potential.

• Lifestyle business providing an excellent self-employment opportunity with a sustainable business model.

Red Pepper Cafe is a well-established city centre business in a desirable and prominent trading location set adjacent to a wide range of other popular retail units with hotels, bus station etc. Close by. With strong branding and signage, the cafe operation is located at street level offering ease of access in an area of high footfall. The trading elements are currently set to 21 covers and offer a modern ambience. There are 4 external seats set to the pavement. Red Pepper Cafe offers a simple and easy-to-operate business model and an excellent lifestyle opportunity within smart, modern premises. The current operation combines friendly staff and a warm welcome to make this a thriving business. The service counter is well-located and the decor is of a good standard. The service areas are well-appointed and highly functional; W.C.s are located off the customer area.

Red Pepper Cafe is a popular City centre business which enjoys year-round support from a varied client base, offering a wide range of food options. In addition to its on-premises service, the business also operates an outside catering and delivery service utilising a Renault Kango delivery van (16 plate) which is included in the sale. The business has a number of regular clients to whom they deliver their goods. This well frequented business has a strong reputation in and around Inverness, benefitting from a strong trading location. The cafe has an excellent selection of freshly prepared items complemented by a wide range of beverages, throughout the day. This popular business has healthy local support plus the influx of tourists in the main season which generates strong demand along with business trade year-round. The cafe currently trades 6 days out of 7 (Monday to Saturday), with opening hours Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm. The current owner has the help of part-time staff who cover many of the shifts in the operation of the business. Red Pepper Cafe has a modern website () and an active Facebook page. The business also utilises online order apps such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo. This well-established business has many excellent reviews on popular online review sites such as TripAdvisor.

In addition to strong local support, the business benefits from the strength of having the City Centre as a trading base. Inverness draws a huge number of visitors. Day trippers from outlying areas supplement tourists from around the world who visit the city in great numbers during the main season (April - October). The Highland Capital is a vibrant and expanding city which cuts a fast and dynamic pace in terms of commercial development and business activity. The growing population in and around Inverness combines with a strong business community and established demand from tourism to drive ongoing trade for good quality provision. The proximity of excellent office and shopping facilities, and the new streetscape programme, reinforce the benefits of such a busy city centre trading location.

The wider locality around Inverness offers a plethora of sporting opportunities for walkers, anglers, golfers etc. With numerous other tourist attractions. Whisky trails, mystic Loch Ness, many accessible Castles, battlefields, clan seats and a host of other opportunities drive demand for accommodation providers and in turn boost lunchtime trade to the cafe / takeaway. Primary and secondary schooling are located nearby and the property is well-placed for access to the Ness Islands, the Aquadome and Eden Court Theatre. A comprehensive range of amenities can be found in the city centre including Eastgate Shopping Centre, bus and train stations, cafes, bars, restaurants and High Street shops. Inverness Airport is located at Dalcross approx. 7.5 miles east of Inverness.

Reason for sale
The Red Pepper brand was established in 2006, the current proprietor obtained the present lease in 2016 and has since enjoyed developing this popular cafe. Due to a desire to focus on her bed and breakfast business, our client has decided to bring this attractive opportunity to the market.

The property
Red Pepper Cafe is a smart, modern, city centre unit with glazed frontage offering prominent signage and branding opportunities. Set to the ground floor level of a multi-storey unit, the business has excellent accessibility. The welcoming open-plan layout of the cafe creates a popular and easy to operate business. The internal trading elements extend to c66m2.

Public areas
The cafe has a prominent and well-signed presence, occupying what is an ideally situated retail unit. The main frontage is fully glazed plus a glazed door offering excellent natural light. The visibility from both inside and out, readily attracts passing trade. The cafe is set to free-standing tables and chairs and currently seats 21 covers. The decor of the cafe is simple but offers a modern setting. The servery counter is situated centrally to the customer area. To the rear of the counter is a kitchen area which is well-appointed and equipped. There is a customer toilet which is configured to disabled use. There is a separate storage unit for stock etc. Just off the cafe area. There is external seating for 4 customers to the front of the building which is very popular in the spring and summer seasons.

Business development
There is scope to trade into the early evening where new owners wished to offer a restaurant facility. The business does not presently open on a Sunday offering potential for additional trade. In addition, there may be possibility to expand the delivery service.

The business benefits from mains electricity, water, gas and drainage. The cafe is eho and fire compliant.


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