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Award Winning Chippy Up for Sale!
Black’s Finest Fish and Chip Shop has been trading in Halton since 2012 although there has been a chip shop at this location since 1998. They have worked hard to build a reputation for excellent quality and friendly service. The shop has received several accolades including winning first place in their category at the 2019 National Fish & Chip Awards, making the finals of the 2017 Fish & Chip Awards, and regularly achieving the NFFF Quality Award standard. In 2018 & 2016 the shop was named the best chippy in the Lancaster & Morecambe area. IT HAS TRADED VERY WELL THROUGH THE PANDEMIC.
Halton village is slightly to the east of the city of Lancaster, situated on the banks of the beautiful River Lune. The scenic Lune Valley cycle path runs past the village between Lancaster and Caton, making it a popular destination for walkers and cyclists alike. The centre of either town is now only 10 minutes from the centre of Halton by car, and motorists on the M6 can be in the village within 5 minutes of leaving the motorway at junction 35.
REASON FOR SALE
This opportunity has become available due to the owner’s other business interests and therefore the business has been placed on the open market at this appealing price point.
The building is available for rent on a FRI basis (Full Repair and Insurance). This is the most common type of lease. The lease has a 13 year term that started in February 2013 and ends in 2026. The current rent is £9,000 per annum which represents excellent value for such a prime location property.
They operate the business on a part time basis and are supported by three additional members of staff including a full-time fish fryer. All staff have contracts of employment and provide continuity to the customers ensuring a smooth handover.
Currently the business is trading strongly and can show turnover growth each year. The business currently benefits from Small Business Rates Relief.
BUILDING LAYOUT AND DESIGN
The lease covers the ground floor of the property. It has an impressive double fronted exterior with striking signage that really does create a flawless first impression. Once inside, the store is well laid out and has a clean crisp feel. It maximises all the available space within this building. There is a large serving counter with a separate area for cooking and preparation this is supported by a kitchen area. The main waiting area has seating for up to six people. There are toilet facilities and a pantry that is used for additional storage. The garage is also used for storage at the rear of the building itself together will additional storage in the basement running the entire length of the building. As the chips are sourced pre-prepared there is no need for a chipper or rumbler creating useful space in the building. The building is protected by two camera CCTV system.
This is an exceptionally efficiently run business that has been consistently winning awards since opening its doors in June 2012. Its reputation online is second to none and as the only chip shop in the village the business is at the heart of the local community. The business offers a solid trading platform for a new owner and this makes this proposition an exciting one as it shows steady growth over the years. There is an opportunity to build the business should a new owner wish to do so. The business does not actively advertise as there is no requirement to do so as all marketing is done through social media. Facebook (over 1000 followers) and Instagram accounts along with other platforms will be transferred to the new buyer upon completion. There are currently 3 large-scale housing developments either planned or being built in the village at the moment. We anticipate that this will provide additional trade from construction workers during the building process and add more chimney pots into the immediate customer base within the village.
The business is takeaway only and the business has been awarded a 5 star hygiene rating. The menu is traditional, so again scope for extended menu. There is customer parking available and also scope for home delivery setup.
MON – SAT: 11:30 – 13:30 / 16:30 – 20:00 SUN: CLOSED
Leasehold Price: £134,995
Annual Turnover: £192,661
Accounts Available 31st March 2020 Annual Turnover £192,661 Gross Profit £118,475
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