The thriving business, which sells an extensive range of goods to holidaymakers and islanders alike, also features a fully licensed cafe/bistro, alongside a legendary mini golf course, a firm favourite for generations of visitors to Arran. Located right on the sea front in the centre of Brodick, the island’s principal town, Bilslands is housed in a modern purpose-built property and is currently open seven days a week.
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Often described as ‘Scotland in miniature’, Arran is a thriving island and is well located in the Firth of Clyde off the Ayrshire Coast with a local population of about 5,000 people. This number increases significantly in the holiday season, with a further boost expected after October 2014, in the wake of the introduction of the government’s Road Equivalent Tariff, predicted to cut ferry fares to around half the current level. The policy will have a significant impact on the number of people visiting Arran and Bilslands is best positioned to take advantage of this extra traffic, whether it is day trippers or visitors enjoying island life for a few days. Work should start next year on a new £18 million ferry terminal, which will be also able to handle small cruise ships, as well as a proposed new roll-on/roll-off ferry.
Paul Shiells, a director with selling agent Colliers International, said: “It is not often a well-established and growing business, with high turnover and excellent profit, benefiting from a prime location, comes on the market. However, Mr and Mrs Bilsland believe the time is now right to hand on the baton and we expect significant interest from entrepreneurial individuals or companies looking to build on its excellent reputation and commercial success.”
This modern property, which was built in 2002, features a large retail shop of around 1,000 square metres incorporating a back store and offices; an open balconied mezzanine floor incorporating retail space and café seating areas. Attached is the Scottish Food Shop, which sells locally made ice cream and takes payment for the mini golf. Bilslands also offers a fully licensed cafe/bar/bistro, incorporating kitchens and stores, fully fitted counter servery area, catering for about 40 covers and upstairs mezzanine area with 70-80 covers. There is also a service counter upstairs, which doubles as a licensed bar.
To the front, with open views across Brodick Bay, is a 72-seater outdoor licensed terrace area and the well-known Brodick Mini Golf course, first opened in 1960. With a new drainage system installed last winter, and car park to the front of the premises, the business is well presented to continue its growing trade into 2014 and beyond.
Included to the rear of the retail unit is a small staff accommodation chalet and three timber storage sheds. A large five-bedroom bungalow is also available for purchase by separate negotiation. Bilslands’ annual net sales are expected to be in excess of £1,000,000 to year end 31st March 2014 and profits before tax are higher than would be expected for this type of business.
Colliers International is inviting offers in excess of £1,200,000 for the freehold ownership, fixtures and fittings and goodwill of the Bilslands business, plus stock at valuation.