The Shop of Interest

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For Sale £29,950 - Arts and Crafts Shop, Leasehold property, Shop

Long established arts, crafts, jewellery & clothing shop located Glasgow’s west end. Enviable high street position within the ever trendy location of Finnieston. Highly popular shop working with a wide range of Scottish artists. Flexible premises which may also be suitable for alternative use such as a cafe. Good turnover with genuine scope for increasing income levels. Business ripe for expansion of online store. Ideal opportunity for entrepreneurial individual or online operator.

The Shop of Interest which is located on a prime trading position at 1058 Argyle Street, Glasgow in the increasingly popular area of Finnieston, is a true gem of an opportunity for an entrepreneurial owner operator. The well-established brand has been trading from the current location for over 10 years and specialises in the sale of locally made items such as jewellery, screen prints, original artworks and clothing to name just a few.

The city of Glasgow has a population of around 600,000 people and welcomes over two million tourists every year. Glasgow offers a wealth of cultural and leisure attractions and can act as the perfect base for visitors to explore the magnificent scenery which surrounds the city. The city benefits from an excellent communications network with transport links by road and rail to all major UK centres. Glasgow International Airport is located 7 miles west from the city centre.

Situated in the west end of Glasgow and within the heart one of the countries trendiest areas, the high footfall location of the shop is perfect for this style of operation. Finnieston, which is home to an ever increasing number of high quality bars, restaurants, cafes and independent retailers is easily accessible by road and public transport and is also a short walk from the indoor multi-purpose SSE Hydro, SEC Conference Centre and the multi-purpose SEC Armadillo. Within the immediate area of Argyle Street, The Shop of Interest and other independent operators are playing an important role in helping to further enhance the desirability of Finnieston.

Glasgow’s west end has a reputation as the place to live, work and socialise for many years. The location of the shop is ideal for owners to take advantage of the many magnificent facilities and places of interest the area has to offer. From the beautiful Botanic Gardens on Great Western Road to quality restaurants in Hyndland & Byres Road to up market cafes, wine bars and a wide range of quirky shops, the West End of Glasgow continues to grow in popularity and has now become one of the most desirable locations within the city.

Over the years the shop has built up a large & local customer base that is almost as wide and varied as the range of items on sale. Working with a host of local artists and designers, crafts, The Shop of Interest draws in not only local and passing trade but has become somewhat of a destination shop where people will travel to browse through the selection of paintings, prints, jewellery, sculptures, crafts and fashion items on offer.

While owning and operating the business, our client who took over the business from the original operator has refocussed the shop and brand and by giving customers more choice and is catering to their buying choices. This refocus on the type and quality of stock has seen the business income grow in recent times. During a lengthy period of ownership, the vendor was unable to run the business due to ill health. During this period, the strength of the brand shone through as customers continued to support the business through the difficult period for our client.

However, while current trading is good, our client has recognised that the business requires a greater push in online sales and marketing. With the type and style of product, the vendor believes that one way that new owners could greatly increase trading levels would be to create a stronger and more visible online and social media presence for the business. By utilising social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok & Snapchat, new owners could build a strong connection with current customers and greatly help drive traffic to the shop website and online store.

Overall we believe that the sale of The Shop of Interest represents a unique opportunity for a new entrepreneurial owner or established online operator looking to take over an established business that is located in a prime retail location. The business is now being offered for sale due to personal reasons.

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