We have just been instructed to market a delightful character shop in Church Street, Uckfield only a few yards from the junction with the High Street so in a position just right to catch peoples’ eyes in cars queuing for the lights.
This would be ideal for someone starting out in hair dressing or beauty as that was its former use and some of the fixtures & fittings have been left in situ. The ground floor is some 200 sq ft with 2 floors above.
Thus there could be hair dressing on the ground floor with perhaps beauty on the upper floors which would work well. The premises are available at a very modest rent of £8,000 per annum and, under the current rating system, rates will probably not be due.
Lawson Commercial have just started marketing for Glynde Estates three fantastic office suites in superbly converted barns in Station Road in the heart of Glynde village.
Being only yards away from the A27 and some 4 miles from Lewes the suites are ideally located and are within walking distance of the train station at Glynde with its good service to London.
These first class suites have been converted with great care and attention to provide light, airy, high quality, well specified space. Suite 1 has 872 sq ft, Suite 2 has 918 sq ft including a 1st floor with amazing views and Suite 3 has 880 sq ft.
Each suite is available on a new 5 year lease at a rent of £14,750 pa. The refurbishment has been carried out to a very high standard and features include vaulted ceilings and beams, LED lighting, combined air conditioning/heating systems, category 5 wiring, full height double glazed windows, good car parking and delightful landscaped & patio areas.
We have just sold the lease of Pepper Dining at 95-99 High Street, Uckfield.
This fully fitted 65-seater restaurant is one of the larger restaurant premises in the Town having some 1,325 sq ft of restaurant area together with a kitchen of 254 sq ft and additional basement storage.
The lease also includes a 2/3 bedroomed self-contained flat with access from the rear as well as private car parking which exits into the first free shoppers car park in Regency Close so has plenty of car parking available close by.
The premises were held on a 20 year lease from 2006 at a rent of just under £30,000 pa and a substantial price was paid for the leasehold interest, fixtures & fittings. We had to be very discrete about the marketing of this property because the client did not want his staff and customers to find out about its availability thus we were not able to use photos on the website or in adverts. The client adopted a flexible attitude so we did not have to sell it as an indian restaurant. We therefore deliberately targeted people who specialised in Thai and Chinese cuisine as we don’t have a large restaurant offering that sort of dining in Uckfield.
We are pleased to say that a cold mailshot proved its worth and we were able to introduce a company based in Eastbourne with a number of Thai restaurant interests and who have successfully acquired the lease. They will be opening as a Thai restaurant in about 2 months time following an extensive refit. They have a fantastic reputation with their other restaurants and should provide a very welcome addition to Uckfield.
It is all change in Uckfield High Street as Lawson Commercial have just sold the freehold of 140 High Street, Uckfield, formerly the home of Noble Wines, to George Moss Jewellers.
Simultaneously we have let the old Freeman Forman premises at 242-244 High Street to Noble Wines for their new wine shop.
This was a very complex series of interlinked transactions which took some 12 months to reach a satisfactory completion. We needed the cooperation and forbearance of a number of landlords and along the way there were several glitches. We had to simultaneously negotiate a sale of the freehold of 140 High Street together with a surrender of the Noble Wine lease and link this with the acquisition of Noble Wines’ new premises at 244-244 High Street. Finally this was all brought to a conclusion right at the end of the last day of the Tax Year as required by one of the parties.
Proprietor of Noble Wines Charles Mears Lamb felt this move would be a good one for his business as it gave him a much better window frontage and he is able to make use once again of free car parking in the lay-by immediately outside his new shop, a facility that he lost outside his old shop when the pavements were widened and the parking reduced last year. Already works are in hand to improve the premises for its new role.
After a comprehensive refurbishment George Moss will be opening a new larger jewellery store at 140 High Street.
We have had a letting agreed on 41 High Street for some time but the legal process once again seems to be taking forever but we are hopeful that a gift shop will be reopening there very shortly.
Despite only having had instructions for two weeks on 2 Post Office Court, the former Marguerites Antiques & Collectables, a new letting has already been agreed at an enhanced rent and solicitors are instructed so hopefully this will go through speedily to provide another new business in the Town.
There is plenty of demand for shops in Uckfield High Street at the moment and we would welcome some more premises to market. We have got a number of unsatisfied enquiries looking for good quality premises in the busy trading part of the High Street so if anyone is thinking of moving do please contact us.