THE SUBJECTS COMPRISE OF A VILLAGE STORE AND POST OFFICE IN THE HEART OF A SMALL FRIENDLY RESIDENTIAL AREA ON THE ISLE OF RAASAY. THE STORE IS SITUATED IN A HIGH PROFILE POSITION AND PROVIDES A VITAL FUNCTION FOR THE COMMUNITY. RAASAY IS A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND AND IS POPULAR WITH BOTH LOCALS AND TOURISTS ALIKE DUE TO THE MANY PLACES OF HISORICAL INTEREST TO VISIT, ALONG WITH THE ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE SUCH AS GOLDEN OR SEA EAGLES THAT CAN BE SPOTTED ON THE MANY WOODLAND OR COASTAL WALKS. THE SUBJECTS FOR SALE ARE SOLD AS A GOING CONCERN AND OFFER AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPANSION IF SO WISHED
Situated in a high profile location in the centre of a very friendly residential area, the subjects for sale comprise of a rare and unique opportunity to purchase a business in the heart of the village. The store is well established and has a strong local customer base and, is also well situated to benefit from the high level of passing trade from the tourists that come to the area to explore the beautiful island and all the places of historical interest that it has to offer. An important feature carried out within the store is the post office and all the duties relevant to that business, which also attracts customers. Purchasers may consider upgrade and modernisation works and the business offers excellent potential to diversify into other shopping functions and to expand to own personal requirements if so wished. From the front of the property there are views across the village and out towards the Sound of Raasay with the Isle of Skye in the distance.
The Island of Raasay has the Scottish mainland to the east and the Isle of Skye to the west. The island is accessed by a regular ferry service between Sconser on Skye and the new pier that has recently been completed in order to ease access to and from the island. The ferry service provides the local village store with fresh produce and daily papers. The busy town of Portree is some 14 miles north of the Sconser ferry terminal and here you will find excellent shopping facilities and services including secondary schooling. Raasay has its own primary school and a community centre/village hall was more recently built. The island is very picturesque and has places of historical interest which are of interest to both locals and visitors alike. From the ferry take the road to the village ignoring the left turn to Millpark. Continue to the T-junction and turn left. The store is a few hundred yards up on the right.
Large windows to front and one to rear and fitted out with a combination of metal and wooden shelving plus 4 fridges/freezers to cater for the cooler and frozen produce. Counter providing space for service and till, switch machine etc. L- shaped room with post office area to side with shelving and counter appropriate to carry out post office duties. Lino floor covering. Size 28’ maximum x 28’ 11” maximum (8.53m x 8.83m).
Area currently used for office administration to the rear of the store but has flexibility of use with fitted shelving and drawers. Windows to side and rear. Lino flooring. Size 4’ 11” x 6’ 1” (1.52m x 1.86m).
Accessed from the rear of the property and from the store this large area with ample shelving provides lots of storage space. Window to rear. Steps to loft area. Door to rear reception. 2 large fridge/freezers. Wooden flooring. Size 14’ 2” x 15’ 2” (4.33m x 4.62m).
REAR RECEPTION/STAFF AREA
Entrance and kitchen area with single sink and drainer, part tiled splash back. Window to rear.Door off to cloak room and external door to rear. Concrete floor. Size 6’ 6” x 5’ (1.99m x 1.54m) at widest.
White W.C. and small wash hand basin. Window to rear. Wooden flooring. Size 2’ 11” x 4’ 5” (0.90m x 1.38m).
A wooden staircase leads to the upper floor which spans the entire area of the property and is fully floor boarded. The large expanse of the area offers lots of potential and provides flexibility of use, including consideration for development area(s) such as additional living quarters if so wished (subject to the usual planning permissions).
A pathway leads directly off the township road and to both sides is laid to lawn with several mature bushes and shrubs, with steps leading to the store.
Steps lead down from the rear of the shop and opposite is the shared enclosed garden and drying area. There are also 2 useful storage areas available which have been adapted from part of the old wash house that existed years ago.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
All equipment, fittings and fixtures are included in the sale.
Accounts can be made available to genuinely interested parties once they have viewed the subjects. The premises are offered for sale due to retirement and therefore offers will be considered that involve an alternative use of the property.
Mains water and electricity. Drainage to a communal septic tank.
Strictly by appointment with this agency
ENTRY - By mutual agreement
POSTCODE - IV40 8NS
COUNCIL TAX BAND – business rates
Offers over £100,000 are invited and such offers should be submitted in proper Scottish legal terms to: