The property has been measured by BKR Floor Plans and provides the following accommodation:
Ground Floor – Net Internal Areas|
53.05 sq m|
571 sq ft|
60.39 sq m|
650 sq ft|
650 sq ft|
704 sq ft|
58.62 sq m|
631 sq ft|
Total Ground Floor|
237.45 sq m|
2,556 sq ft|
Net Internal Area|
108.69 sq m|
1,170 sq ft|
Gross Internal Area|
136.84 sq m|
1,473 sq ft|
Total Net Internal Area|
346.14 sq m|
3,726 sq ft|
The measured survey is available to download and will be re-addressed to a purchaser at a cost of £695 + VAT.
The ground floor is let to Waterstones Booksellers Limited on effectively a full repairing and insuring for a term of 5 years from 16th January 2020, expiring on 15th January 2025.
The current passing rent is £65,000 per annum which, based on our analysis, equates to £56.50 Zone A.
The Property has been occupied by a bookseller since 1997 (initially as Ottakar’s and then under the Waterstones brand after their takeover in 2006). A lease renewal in November 2019 demonstrates Waterstones desire to remain in the property. The rent was rebased from £79,000 per annum to £65,000 per annum.
The first floor is currently vacant. Up until recently it was occupied by Ladbrokes who exercised a break option in their occupational lease dated 19th April 2022. The previous passing rent was £18,000 per annum.
The Tenant has the right to use a rear service yard area under the lease subject to payment of a service charge pursuant to a 1991 Deed of Grant.
Add Value Opportunity
The first floor is currently vacant and provides an opportunity to re-let. We also suggest it lends itself to a number of alternative uses including conversion to residential, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.
Available to download are plans for a proposed residential scheme which comprises a 2-bedroom flat totalling 68 sq m (732 sq ft) and a 1-bedroom flat totalling 50 sq m (538 sq ft). The existing street entrance can enable self-contained separate access from the ground floor which is a major benefit to any future conversion or refurbishment works.
According to Zoopla, the average estimated value for a flat in Barnstaple is £150,000 (in excess of £200 per sq ft). In comparison, the apportioned purchase price to the first floor is only £50 per sq ft.
Waterstones Booksellers Limited (Co. No. 00610095), has reported the following figures;
24th April 2021|
25th April 2020|
Waterstones was established in 1982 and is a leading retailer of books, stationery and other related products through a chain of bookshops in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Holland and Belgium, and online through the Waterstones.com e-commerce website. According to its website the company employs 3,000 staff across over 280 bookshops. Waterstones sells coffee and food from cafes and restaurants within some of its shops, hosts public and private events and supports a large number of literary festivals.
Demand for books was strong immediately prior to the enforced closure of shops due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. After the closures, the online business performed strongly. The Company successfully repurposed the distribution centre as an online fulfilment operation and the overall impact on profitability was substantially mitigated by early action to curtail costs. For further information please visit www.waterstones.com.
The property is elected for VAT. We anticipate that the sale should be capable of being treated as a Transfer of Going Concern (TOGC).
We are instructed to seek a figure of £760,000 (Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Pounds), subject to contract, reflecting a net initial yield of 8.12% assuming standard purchaser’s costs of 5.42%.
A purchase at the asking price reflects a 9.0% return, £686,000, and only £74,000 (£538 per sq m / £50 per sq ft) for the vacant first floor accommodation.
Please note that a purchaser will be re-charged the costs of the measured survey (£695+VAT) and searches (£875+VAT) which are provided in the data room.
Please note that a purchaser will be charged a Transaction Fee of 1.0% of the Purchase Price plus VAT.
An opportunity to acquire a freehold commercial property investment in the heart of Barnstaple town centre;
The property occupies a prime retailing pitch;
Ground floor securely let to Waterstones (Net Assets £63.4m);
Rent rebased from £79,000pa to £65,000pa;
Tenant has been in occupation since 1997 (as Ottakars with the lease being vested in Waterstones in 2014 after the renewal. They have subsequently renewed their lease in January 2020, demonstrating their commitment to this location;
Vacant self-contained first floor providing an opportunity to re-let or convert to residential use, subject to planning, to enhance value;
A purchase at the asking price will provide an investor with an attractive net initial yield and low capital value in relation to the upper parts;
Attractive lot size for an investor;