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03 May 2019 | Retail

Popular Dorset mini market purchased by local business owner

A high turnover convenience store in the heart of Sixpenny Handley, an historic village in north east Dorset, has been sold through specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, to a local operator.

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Dubbed the Sixpenny Handley Mini Market, the traditional store serves the surrounding community and offers customers a comprehensive range of convenience products, including fresh produce and other essential supplies. 

The established business enjoys strong levels of trade from the local residents with limited competition in a 5km radius, as well as benefitting from its proximity to the Martin Down National Nature Reserve, which is popular with visitors to the area.

The previous owners, Chris and Bronia Styles are now looking forward to enjoying their retirement and comment, “We were bowled over by the amount of interest! We couldn’t believe that potential buyers were literally queuing up to view our property and that we had so many offers in less than a week, three of which were at the full freehold asking price. We want to thank Tom Glanvill at Christie & Co for always making sure it was easy for us to contact him so that we could follow the progress of our sale, and the support he gave us throughout the process. We wish Ian and Owain all the very best with their new venture.”

The new owner, Mr Ian Hughes, owner of Damory Garage in Blandford, has taken over the store which he will be running with his son, Owain. They have begun a comprehensive renovation and will be trading under the Nisa Local brand. 

Tom Glanvill, Senior Business Agent at Christie & Co’s Winchester office, handled the sale and comments, “It is always really pleasing to exceed a vendor’s expectations, and the sheer volume of enquiries, viewings and offers that we received illustrates the level of demand for high performing convenience stores we are currently experiencing. 

“The store attracted significant interest with over 18 viewings and received seven individual offers, ultimately being purchased by a local operator in a deal that was ideal for both vendor and buyer.”