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John Goudie Country Shop, Toab, Virkie

PriceOn application
AddressJohn Goudie Country Shop, Toab, Virkie, Shetland ZE3 9JL

Busy, well-established country shop situated in the centre of the village of Toab in the South Mainland of Shetland close to Sumburgh Airport. Lerwick, Shetland’s capital lies about 23 miles to the north.

This licensed general store and Post Office trades from owned premises comprising the spacious main retail area, several store rooms, an office and staff facilities, plus the post office and sorting room.

Benefitting from a loyal customer base the shop sells a wide range of grocery and household products and is a National Lottery outlet.

The current situation has seen a trend to shopping more locally and shops like this have proved to be of great benefit to the local community.

Great opportunity for someone looking for a hands-on business with a strong and consistent turnover.

The Business

This is a long-established country store serving the local community and also visitors, the current owners having taken over the business in 1996. The shop is well-stocked with a wide range of general grocery products including fresh and frozen food, as well as newspapers, fancy goods and hardware. The business also has an off-sales licence and is a National Lottery outlet.

The Post Office generates additional footfall and therefore is a useful source of extra income. It is open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday (1.00pm Wednesdays; 12.30pm Saturdays). Please note the appointment of a new sub-postmaster will require the approval of the Post Office.

The shop’s current opening hours are 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday – Saturday (7.00pm Tuesdays and Fridays).

In addition to the owners, the business presently employs six staff, a mix of full and part-time.

All the equipment, fixtures and fittings are understood to be owned outright with the exception of the post office equipment. A leased 2017 Vauxhall Movano van be included if required.

The Premises

The business trades from single storey owned premises with a net internal floor area of approximately 160m² (1,720ft²) which includes the main shop area (approx. 14.8m x 6.2m) housed in a large single storey extension to the original shop, which was added in 1979. This provides a well-laid out and well-lit space with an entrance lobby (with cupboard for coal etc. off) and window to the front. The space is fully fitted with a range of wall and aisle fittings, various refrigerated and freezer units, plus a serving counter and tills.

To the rear of the main shop space are three store room areas (approx. 4.3m x 4m; 6.5m x 1.2m; 5m x 2.8m), one with separate access for deliveries, another with additional freezers/chill and sink, plus a sorting office (approx. 4.35m x 2.9m) leased to the post office, whilst to the side is a further area with an office (with CCTV) and staff facilities which leads to the post office area (approx. 4.5m x 2.35m) situated off the main shop.

Parking area to the front with generator for stand-by power if needed.


Details of accounts can be made available to seriously interested parties after viewing the premises through the seller.


Viewing strictly by appointment only by contacting the agent’s property department on 01595 480751.


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