Fantastic Freehold Business Opportunity

A factory/warehouse of over 22,000 sq ft sitting in a site of 2.2 acres has just become available providing a fantastic business opportunity.

The property adjoins Battle mainline railway station and provides tremendous scope for future development, subject to planning, for more industrial units, remodelling of existing accommodation, other commercial development or possibly even residential.

Included is a 2-storey 3-bed live/work unit, formerly offices, attached to the main factory building as well as considerable open display/parking areas.

There is scope for self-storage and/or parking for commuters using the station.

A price of £3 million is sought with full vacant possession.

Aunty Wainrights finds a buyer

The freehold shop & upper parts that used to trade as Aunty Wainrights at 41 High Street, Heathfield had only been on the market four weeks and has already found a buyer.

We are delighted that a local online retailer put forward an acceptable offer and solicitors are now instructed.

The sale is now progressing through the legal system. Another example of an online business moving into a bricks & mortar premises in a  High Street.

M & S Food + Home Bargains Coming To Uckfield

We are delighted to announce that Bride Hall Developments, having secured the last 2.7 acres available at the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield, Nr Uckfield have agreed terms with M&S Food and Home Bargains for two new, 20,000 sq ft stores on a subject to planning basis.

This is tremendous news for the town of Uckfield which has wanted another supermarket for some years and to have one of the quality of Marks & Spencer is superb. 

These two external pictures are generic drawings of M&S Food and are subject to planning and detailed design.

These internal photographs are of the M&S Food unit at Hedge End in Southampton which is a slightly larger store but gives an idea of how the layout will work.

Home Bargains is a chain of 570 discount stores started in 1976 by Tom Morris.  Currently they only have branches in Tonbridge, Eastbourne and Edenbridge.  It’s a family run and owned business whose philosophy is to sell branded goods at the lowest prices possible.

Our Partner Chris Lawson who handled the negotiation said “This is excellent news and great for the area to have both these companies.  These will be the first store for each company in Wealden.  It is anticipated that M&S will create some 50 jobs and Home Bargains 70 full and part time jobs.”

Discussions are ongoing with Wealden District Council.  The pre application has been submitted to East Sussex Highways and a formal pre-app will be submitted to Wealden Council this week. Bride Hall Developments will be holding a public consultation in Uckfield town centre at the end of June/beginning of July where there will be presentation boards and representatives from Bride Hall Developments and Marks & Spencer.  The actual date and final venue will be published nearer the time. 

It’s anticipated that the formal planning application should be submitted by the end of July and assuming that planning permission is not unduly delayed, it’s hoped that work can start on site by the end of the year with a view to having the M&S supermarket open towards the end of 2022.

Former Wadhurst Ironmongers Let To Local Business

Lawson Commercial have let the former Wadhurst Ironmongers premises to a local business which is expanding.

This prominent corner shop of some 1,500 sq ft between Crouches Butchers and The Greyhound public house has been acquired by Simply Veg. Based at their warehouse in Wallcrouch  they are well known in Wadhurst for their pop-up shop and their veg boxes.

They also have a shop in Battle High Street trading as The Greener Grocers and are going to bring their retailing expertise to Wadhurst where they will be specialising in a wide variety of greengrocery, dried goods including grains, cereals, nuts, coffee beans, herbs & spices. There will be homeware including plastic-free cleaning products, lots of deli products so much to sample.

We were delighted to find a local business that wanted to expand and this is one of the larger shops available in Wadhurst. The new tenants have quite a lot of fitting out to do but hope to open and trading in the near future.