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Hospitality entrepreneurs put Gloucestershire Chinese restaurant on market

Current operators developed site from scratch and also own next-door Whitminster Inn as well as a portfolio of takeaways

Hospitality entrepreneurs put Gloucestershire Chinese restaurant on market

"The planned development of more than 2,000 neighbouring homes and various new business premises is a game-changer, promising thousands more potential customers on China Gardens doorstep."
Chelsea Melnyk

A popular, purpose-built Chinese restaurant in the Gloucestershire village of Whitminster has been put on the market by its founders, who wish to retire. Businessmen John McGoldrick and Kwok Wai Chiu have asked Blacks Business Brokers to find a new owner for China Garden, with a guide price of £250,000.

The business is being offered for sale on a leasehold basis, with rent to be negotiated between the vendors and the buyer. In its last full financial year China Garden turned over in excess of £700,000, and has continued to trade profitably throughout the pandemic, and associated lockdowns, thanks to a popular takeaway offering.

China Garden is located next door to The Whitminster Inn, which is also owned by Mr McGoldrick and Mr Chiu. The pair, who had previously worked together on a portfolio of successful takeaway businesses, acquired the then dilapidated coaching inn and its surrounding plot in 2002.

They initially spent £1.5 million renovating The Whitminster Inn, to which they added a Chinese takeaway. This proved so popular that they then invested a further £1 million in building the restaurant premises.

Mr McGoldrick and Mr Chiu are both now aged 65 and wish to retire from the day-to-day running of the business. They will, however, retain the freehold over the whole site, and are happy to provide support to a new owner to ensure a successful handover.

The China Garden building, which has seating for 110 customers in its ground-floor dining room, includes, on the first floor, a seven-bedroom staff accommodation area.

The restaurant employs 20 people, in addition to the proprietors, and a new owner could potentially either manage the business themselves or run it under management as an investment. It is fully equipped, and the kitchen includes a 14-burner wok cooker.

China Garden is located on the A38 Bristol Road, and shares a very large car park with the Whitminster Inn. According to Mr McGoldrick, it is the only business of its type in the area, serving a regular clientele from the nearby villages of Frampton on Severn, Saul, Arlingham and Eastington, as well as being a destination attracting diners from further afield.

Its local market is also set to increase significantly, with the development of 2,250 homes as part of the Robert Hitchins Group’s proposed Grove End Farm development in Whitminster. This will, when completed, surround the plot on which the restaurant is located.

Chelsea Melnyk, sales negotiator at Blacks Business Brokers, said, “China Garden is an established, profitable business with no local competition, and represents an excellent opportunity for a new owner. Although it is already highly successful, a new owner could immediately boost trade by introducing a delivery option, and registering with services such as Just Eat or Deliveroo.

“The restaurant has an established, loyal customer base, and benefits from being located on the county’s main arterial A road, which makes it easy to find and exposes it to significant passing trade. However, the planned Grove End Farm development of more than 2,000 neighbouring homes, a primary school and various new business premises is a game-changer, promising thousands more potential customers on China Garden’s doorstep.”

All enquiries should be directed to Blacks Business Brokers on 0333 370 0000, quoting reference 7342.


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