No one can deny that Halifax is one of Yorkshire’s sleeping giants.
When the Piece Hall was renovated and reopened, it put Halifax firmly on the Yorkshire destination map. And whilst it’s a difficult time at the moment, one of the positive things to come from COVID-19 is a renewed appreciation for local businesses.
It’s almost as if lockdown allowed us all to stand back and reassessed our priorities, and since then local businesses of all kinds have been appreciative of the renewed support.
We often think that when a business goes up for sale, it’s the owners way of telling us that things are not going so well. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth in many cases.
There are countless reasons someone might be selling their business. A change in location, the desire to spend more time with family or simply wanting to try something new.
And for many, the opportunity to purchase an already established business is more appealing that starting from scratch. You’ll benefit from a well-known name, a fully kitted venue and even be often a fresh approach will catapult it to even greater success.
With that in mind, we’re sharing three wonderful opportunities to purchase an established business in Halifax.
Broker, Ernest Wilson Business Agents describe the opportunity:
“An opportunity to acquire this superb position in the covered arcade in Westgate with the benefit of seating both inside and an outer seating area. The newly refurbished Piece Hall nearby which has had £19 million spent on it and attracts millions of visitors each year and is only 200 yards away ensures the success of this beautiful venue. Weekly Turnover £4,500.
The business is worked in very easy hours over six days and offers great potential for so much more, including evenings bistro and Sunday openings.
The premises are held on a secure lease, sensible rent and comprise reception leading to the outsales and coffee station which boasts a two station coffee machine for all those specialist coffees, servery. Attractive seating area, to the side is a very well equipped commercial kitchen which must be seen to be appreciated, excellent extraction. Disabled toilet.
First floor is the main coffee lounge which is superbly appointed, waiters station. Baby changing facilities. Delightful seating area in the arcade. EPC Band C.
Details from selling broker, Hilton Smythe
“This prime Freehold investment opportunity is located in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
The premise currently operates as a nightclub and is situated in the bustling town centre of Halifax. The club is surrounded by an abundance of pubs, bars and restaurants. The main strip is very busy all throughout the week, especially on weekends. The business boasts a prominent position and is a central point of the town. The town is also a great location for shopping. The area is filled with a range of retail outlets both independent and large branded companies.
The town is a great tourist location due to the busy night life and great places to visit throughout the day. There is beautiful architecture around with most of the properties being graded buildings. There is pay and display parking around the town centre. The streets are lined with parking bays, allowing for customers to shop freely.
Due to the town centre location the area is filled with public transport and generous road links. There are bus stops just a short walking distance from the property which have regular daily routes out of town. The town also has a train station which is just a 15 minute walk away.
There are several A-roads around that head off across the UK, connecting to the national motorway links. Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield are all just a short drive away. Huddersfield is approximately 8 miles away.
A large grade II listed character corner premise. This is a substantial sized property that is well-suited for the trade. The front is complete with signage of each floor, the external of the property is also well-lit at night.
The entrance is located on the ground floor directly on the corner, this has a hall area were guests pay for entry. The entrance leads through to the large open plan bar area. Across the back wall is the bespoke bar area, this is well-presented with a great drinks display across the back wall. There are several raised seating areas throughout the premise to maximise the use of space. The ground floor is known as the dance floor and one of the raised areas can be used as a stage area.
Throughout the day the windows around the premise allow for a bright and airy interior. By night this is transformed into a great atmosphere, all windows are blacked out and there are lights and lasers fitted throughout.
In the basement there are ladies and gents toilets for customers. There is also a catering kitchen which is fully equipped with stainless steel fixtures and fittings. The glass wash area, storage space and all beer lines are fitted in the basement.
The first floor has two bar areas and is open plan. There is a DJ booth located on a raised stage area, this is a central point on the floor. There is another ladies and gents toilet with a cloak room, glass wash room and a staff area. There is access to the terrace area which is used mostly by smokers. There are two offices on this floor for staff use.
The second floor is also another bar area. The décor is well designed and has been complete to a Moroccan and Medieval feel. There is another bar, stage and DJ booth to serve this floor. On this floor is another ladies and gents toilet and a wash up area.
This floor also has the managers flat. The flat comprises of two bedrooms a lounge, kitchen and a bathroom.
This is a fantastic property with huge amounts of character.”
The Old Cock
Information from Fleurets, business brokers:
West Yorkshire freehold/part long leasehold substantial historic town centre public house
Halifax, West Yorkshire
* Substantial town centre property
* Historic Grade II Listed property
* Well proportioned bar facilities
* Private flat & unused floor areas
* Development potential STP
* EPC Rating : D