A rare opportunity to buy an Independent Family Run Toy Shop based in the affluent area of Poole and Bournemouth, located on the South Coast of England and only a mile from the beach.
We sell Toys, Puzzles and Sweets, in the year round busy seaside town of Poole, Dorset. The shop is situated in a central location between both Poole and Bournemouth with good footfall which expands tremendously during the summer months, being just a mile from several beaches and the Fabulous Sandbanks Peninsular, the home of the rich and famous.
LOCATION
Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town adjoins Bournemouth to the east, with an estimated population of 151,500 (mid 2016 census estimates) making it the second largest in Dorset. Together with Bournemouth and Christchurch, the town forms the South East Dorset conurbation with a total population of over 465,000.
Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors with its large natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse arts centre and Blue Flag beaches. The town has a commercial port with cross-Channel freight and passenger ferry services. The headquarters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are in Poole, and the Royal Marines have a base in the town’s harbour. Despite their names, Poole is the home of The Arts University Bournemouth, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a significant part of Bournemouth University. Poole is one of the UK’s most important fishing ports and because of its picturesque nature, harbour and lively marina has become a much sort-after holiday destination. Our road is one of the main articular roads through Poole and Bournemouth, constantly loaded with traffic. Both A31 and A35 are conveniently nearby, being some of the busiest routes in the south of England when the sun comes out.
BRAND NAME
Our Unique Brand name has been used in this area for the last 10 years and is recognised by local organisations, schools, authorities, and event organisers. Toys we sell include, Playmobil, Brio Wooden Railway, Bigjigs, Sylvanian Families, Knex, Bullyland Disney Figures, Plush toys, Childrens Jigsaw Puzzles, also Educational Posters and Books, Lenticolour Pictures and lots more. We stock over 600 Jigsaw Puzzles at all times, direct from suppliers Ravensburger, Gibsons, House of Puzzles, Wasgij, Jumbo, Castorland, Clementoni and a great 3d Puzzles range too, we are one of the leading Jigsaw Puzzle retailers in the south, with customers travelling miles. We also have 100 jars of traditionally weighed sweets and a great range of Sugar-Free too. Our customer service level is generally “if you want it we can order it” pleasing our customers and ensuring regular return.
BUSINESS
This business has been successfully owner operated at this location for three years, having moved from another location in Poole, and is currently run with one person during both winter, and busier summer months.
A lovely open space with newly laid wood effect vinyl flooring, wooden Ikea Shelving to left-hand side with professional metal shelving to right, a further room for our Jigsaw Puzzles, 4 large windows to front, great for displays, serving counter at back, with a stock room, tea area, and toilet at the rear. We have a till, credit card terminal and owner only WIFI for the websites. During fine weather, we display goods on the outside front with mega-balls, bucket & spades and general beach wares.
CHRISTMAS
September to November can be busy with Pre-Christmas sales, and during December we have a very popular Santa’s Grotto in our stock room, encouraging children and parents at a very busy time of year. We have the full set up for the grotto, Santa Suit and Presents ready for next year included.
PARKING
We have free for 30 minutes parking outside our shop, and a large car park nearby, and local bus routes driving past our shop, linking to all parts of Poole, Bournemouth and beyond. Also we have space for the owner to park a car / small van on the front of the shop free of charge all year round
COMPETITION
We are completely Independent not ordering from Toymaster or AIS, and whilst we enjoy being independent, this is a proven area for growth. Our competition in the area include a Smyths Toys on the other side of Bournemouth and a recently closed, ToysRus in Poole, trade has increased following this closure. We are the only Independent retailer of Playmobil in the Poole and Bournemouth Area, with our Playmobil Policeman standing proudly outside, and a leading stockist of Brio Wooden Railway in the area.
STOCK ROOM
10 x 10ft stock room with window, with adjoining area for fridge/freezer/microwave and toilet with sink and window to rear.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Trade fixtures, fittings, and equipment included in this sale, Full inventory will be provided prior to exchange of keys
ONLINE PRESENCE
We have several Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, as well as our own Domain Websites
SERVICES
Mains electricity, water and drainage are all connected, the property has no gas, however, no testing of these services have been undertaken
BUSINESS RATES
The Current Business is exempt from business rates, Please make your own enquiries on the local Valuation Website (VOA)
SHOP RENTAL
Month by Month Rental. Ingoing tenant to pay landlords reasonable new rental setup costs.
REASON FOR SALE
We have multiple businesses and are finding it more difficult to spend time in this business. We are currently only open Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12am-3pm, with opportunities in the morning and evening, and Monday to Wednesday. Also being Independent, we have restrictions on the stock we can source, and the business would benefit from a supply deal with Toymaster or AIS, as we don’t stock Lego.
FUTURE POTENTIAL
In the last year, we have had four Sweet Shops close in the area, and two Toy Shops, the latest being Toys’r’us, this means the business needs to be open longer and for more days, to fill the current retail gaps, these are hours we cannot give. Also with the revival in Jigsaw Puzzles, and our current stock levels, we are one of the leading suppliers of this product.
All fixtures and fittings are included in the sale and the business is in ‘walk in condition’ and ready to start trading.
We have worked hard to get our business to this point, and would be looking for someone with the same enthusiasm and flair to drive this business forward.
We value our business potential highly, and would be looking at an offer around £30,000