VILLAGE STORE AND POST OFFICE in Preston for Sale.
One of the finest village store and Post Office businesses we have had the privilege of bringing to the open market. First time to the market and in the same family ownership for over 35 years, it is only now, due to retirement, that we offer this business and property for sale. The village store has traded at this location since the 1950’s and is a vital hub in this affluent, attractive and sought after suburban village approximately four miles south west of Preston in Lancashire. In addition to the thriving newsagents, high margin greeting card sales and convenience goods business, a Post Office was added some 12 years ago and has proven to have made a huge impact on the community and the success of the business in general. Net Post Office commission remuneration for the 12 months to 31 January 2020 is an impressive £42,570 and the trend is an increasing one on each of the previous years. In addition to Post Office paid commissions, the retail store net turnover averages £6,600 per week, £345,604 per annum. Only one of the owners is involved in the day-to-day running of the village store and the Post Office is predominantly staff run. The village store runs seven newspaper delivery rounds. The store is tremendously popular and recognised for its exceptionally friendly service, the staff having even won awards that reflect this. Highly prominent corner property central to the village and in close proximity to the village sports grounds and central Police station. The property is partially single story with a flat roof, but the majority of the property is two storey to provide substantial three bedroomed, self-contained living accommodation. A further extension and secondary staircase was added to accommodate a ground floor library / garden room with patio door access to the private walled garden. The first floor private accommodation is very attractive with high quality kitchen and bathroom fixtures, three double sized bedrooms with large windows providing lots of natural light and a good size corner living room with a picture window and double patio doors to the flat roof. Diner and modern, fully fitted kitchen. Gas central heating throughout. At the exterior there is the aforementioned private garden, plus a small additional yard to the right side of the property and hard standing parking with double garage to the left side of the property. The commercial portion of the premises is all on the ground floor. Large display windows and entry to an open plan sales shop with dedicated areas for news and magazines, greeting cards, stationery, off-licence items, chilled beverages, groceries and snacks. Sales counter with sweets and tobacco. Post Office counter with ample administration areas and parcel storage room. Staff WC. Awaiting EPC.