Fully describe the business's activities?
The business is a specialized retail and kilt hire shop, which opened originally in 1980. The business is the leading supplier of regalia and accessories in Southern Africa â and supplies (Scottish) highland dancing pumps (shoes) and accessories, as well as pipe band instruments and accessories; giftware, novelties, tartan and tweed fabrics, Celtic and clan crest jewelry, hats, ties, scarves and any other items required. All stock is import from Scotland and there is a local SA based kilt maker who makes up kilts for our customers. Kilt Hire forms a large part of the business and the demand for Scottish outfits for weddings, dinner parties and all manner of special occasions continues to grow, both in and out of the Scottish community. You donât have to be Scottish to wear a kilt. This is a destination store which has a spacious shop, with additional storage / sewing / ironing rooms attached. The building is very well managed and maintained.
How long has the business been established?
How long has the owner had the business?
How does the business operate on a daily basis?
Business has 2 legs to it. There is the retail business offering shoes, accessories, instruments, giftware, novelties etc, and then the hire business
How are the clients attracted to the business?
Word of mouth due to age of business and it's speciality offering, advertising, social media, events etc.
What Advertising/Marketing is carried out?
There is fully updated website , and social media pages, which attract most of our customers. Advertising also done in a number of wedding magazines.
Does the business have any contract work?
What competition exists?
There are 2 however these are not of the same size and have not been in existence for as long.
What are the seasonal trends?
Retail is largely consistent. The hire business has usually been better in summer due to the weddings, however this seems to be changing.
Is the business VAT Registered?
Yes, however trying to de-register.
What percentage of the business is cash/credit?
90 % credit card
What is the total staff complement?
1 shop assistant and the owner. There is a part time seamstress who works when required and a relief shop assistant who also worked for the previous owner
Give a breakdown of staff/ functions/ length of service?
Shop assistant has been in the business since 2016
Are they on contract?
How involved is the Owner in running the business?
When does the current lease end?
May 2020. A new lease will be signed by the new owner. Because the business is a destination shop it operates out of an office building which allows for rates much less than retail.
What are the trading hours?
Sat, Mon, Tues 9-1pm Wed Thurs, Fri 9-5pm
What is the square meters of the business?
Do you require a licence?
What lease deposit and/or other surety is required?
1 month tbc
What are the main assets of the business?
The hire stock and business assets
Are any items not included in the sale?
Yes this will be confirmed by the seller
What is their overall condition?
Very specialized niche market business, few competitors, the type of attire is in demand, business is 40 years old, good web site and opportunity to expand into online sales
Improving the advertising & social media platforms
What is the reason for the sale?
Owner looking to immigrate
Why is this a good business?
Well established niche market business that has a fun factor.
What is the price plus stock and the profit?
R800k inc stock of R240k
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