Corner on the Square is an attractive café business, enjoying a prominent corner trading location in the centre of the picturesque and historic village of Beauly. Set to the village square, this charming and spacious property dates back to the late 1800s.Trading as a licensed delicatessen and eaterie, the cafe offers a wide range of tasty food and drinks to be consumed on the premises. However, the business has a growing reputation for the retail aspects with goods either being sold on the premises, prepared for collection or delivered locally.
The trading premises comprise of an open-plan retail and café area with a prominent main servery counter plus a kitchen, store and customer washrooms; all extending to around 113m2. The café can seat up to 38 covers internally. The internal facias of the shop present attractive displays for a wide variety of goods and produce, including wines and spirits. To the front of the unit, tables and chairs are set outside for up to 16 customers wishing to enjoy a coffee and snack alfresco. The business offers uncomplicated but highly regarded fresh and wholesome food. The deli and retail aspects offer an eclectic range of locally sourced goods and produce which are popular year-round plus the shop is becoming more established for its food hampers and gifts.
The office and storage elements to the first floor extend to about 101m2 and provide a spacious location to prepare hampers and stock for delivery. This space also offers ample room for meetings and general business management. The up-stairs space also has 2 washrooms for staff.
Corner on the Square has a well-established and profitable trading history, operating year-round. The trading aspects generate a strong level of turnover and profitability from retail and café sales. The businesses customer base is varied but includes tourists visiting this idyllic part of the Highlands with an increasing amount of passing trade from those undertaking the North Coast 500 tourist route. There is undoubted potential to develop this business further and produce a higher level of turnover and profitability, especially through on-line sales and promotions. The café and deli with its 38 seats internally and 16 outside is renowned as a destination shop in the local area with a wide catchment area and with no similar reachable business to the west of Inverness. This catchment area reflects on the extant business operation and the fine reputation it receives. The business is well represented on the internet with numerous platforms depicting the business, including its own website and Facebook (www.corneronthesquare.co.uk and www.facebook.com/corneronthesquare).
The business operates with a strong team of around 7 full-time staff and part-time staff as required. Only one of the business owners works full-time hands-on within the business at this time.
Of traditional stone construction, built in the late 1800s, the business is an attractive end-terraced property under a pitched slate roof. Corner on the Square is deceptively spacious with accommodation being laid out across 2 floors.
Internally the business exudes a lovely charm, blending modern facilities with traditional retail character. The main entrance is accessed from street level leading into the attractive café area where free-standing tables and chairs are set for up to 38 covers. To the centre is a modern servery counter which displays a wide range of chilled deli items. The walls of the shop display a wide range of merchandise and artwork. To the rear aspects of the customer area are two customer washrooms. In addition, there is a modern commercial kitchen with full extraction unit and a good range of cooking facilities. There is a store room at this level.
Via a back door, access can be gained to stairs leading to the first floor. The first floor provides flexible work areas and is primarily used as a store and management office. There is an initial area with tables that is often used to prepare hampers and food gifts. Two separate offices to the front aspects of the building provide good quality meeting rooms and general administrative areas. An open plan area leads to 2 washrooms but also acts as additional storage space.
There is no owner’s accommodation within this building.
The business benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. Heating is electric and LPG gas is available for cooking. The property is fully EHO and fire safety compliant.