Well Established Cheese Mongers And Delicatessen On The High Street In An Affluent East Devon Town.
Sidmouth Seaton & Surrounding, Devon
Business overviewWe are selling our established, profitable business which has an enviable reputation and is based in one of the UK's most sought after locations.
This, leasehold, easily run and very profitable business is a cheese mongers and delicatessen located In arguably the most affluent town in East Devon.
lt was established over 40 years ago in an indoor market and we bought it fifteen years ago and brought it onto the High Street ten years ago, where it has flourished ever since.
We sold the business over five years ago but the buyers (due to family circumstances) asked to sell it back a little over two years ago. Since then it has once again flourished and is still growing as shown by the increase in turnover, as the quarter ending 28 February 2019 was nearly 32% up on the same quarter the previous year and there is a fully commercial website which has been, and still is, under utilized as I am not of the "blogging generation". For the same reason the business is not on Facebook or Twitter.
The business has two part time staff who are both fully trained and would be capable of running the business apart from the accounts.
We are a married couple and split the work. My wife orders the stock and serves behind the counter three days a week while I pay the bills, run the books and VAT (a VAT recipient of £4849.94 over the last year and the premises are rate exempt).
We make joint decisions on new stock to keep the offering fresh.
Apart from cheese (about eighty five varieties) the shop also offers cold meats, other dairy products, a variety of Scotch Eggs plus sausage rolls and pasties (baked-off on site). Also chutneys, jams and marmalades from specialist artisan suppliers plus more "deli speciality" lines. There is also a range of glassware. Hampers are prepared and either picked up or sent by courier all over the country. It is not uncommon to get a phone call from Canada or Australia from someone who has been to the shop whilst visiting relatives and who then wants to send a hamper from the shop to them.
The business also has a "Cook" frozen food concession using six metres of freezer space. The profit on this alone pays half the rent.
From before Easter to late autumn we make sandwiches and rolls and have just installed a "bean to cup" coffee machine which is proving popular. Any purchaser would have the option of being more "hands on" and increasing profits or increasing staffing levels and still taking a good income for little work.
The website offers great potential.
All of the equipment is owned. Nothing hired or leased and includes:
Five metres of modern, chilled serve-over counter with chilled storage beneath.
Six further fridges (only 3 can be seen by the public).
Ten freezers (only five can be seen by the public).
Bizerba meat slicer.
Commercial double fan bake-off oven.
Glass fronted display and Serve pie/pasty heater.
New "bean to coffee" machine.
Commercial coffee grinder.
Weigh and price scales.
Cheese cutting boards (two).
The business trades from a superb position with a prominent single fronted High Street shop in a busy town.
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