Lakeside deal secures bright future for retail outlet
A deal brokered by Carver Commercial has secured a new tenant for a popular former farmshop close to the A1M.
The company behind Otterburn Mill, a successful retailer that already operates two stores in Northumberland, has snapped up the retail operation at Lakeside Country Café at Ellerton, between Northallerton and Richmond in North Yorkshire.
The outlet is currently being rebranded to reflect Otterburn Mill’s successful formula of outdoor clothing and equipment for all the family, high quality men’s and ladies’ clothing, woollen goods, soft furnishings and gifts – all spread across two floors.
The company adds its North Yorkshire branch to two successful stores in Otterburn and Rothbury, in Northumberland, owned by Euan Pringle, a member of the famous Scottish woollen manufacturers.
“The opening of Otterburn Mill at Lakeside has created new jobs, with the potential for this to increase in the future,” he said.
“To find such a good quality client such as Otterburn Mill for a rural property such as this is exceptional,” said Carver Commercial director Julie Wallin, who brokered a 15-year lease. “During these challenging times in the marketplace, it proves that there are good businesses out there that are doing well and looking to expand.”
Janet Butler, Otterburn Mill’s new retail operations manager at the North Yorkshire store, said: “We’ve got everything, from the classic clothing range loved by our older customers to a wide range of outdoor gear.”
Lakeside’s bustling café is continuing to trade under the original management of Sarah and Graeme Thompson.
The Thompsons established Lakeside as a farm shop and cafe more than four years ago, building it into a strongly performing business after diversifying from pig farming and developing a butchery deliver round. They converted a grain store at their North Farm home to create the spacious retail outlet and café. Graeme has resumed his butchery round, while Sarah devotes her time to the café.
“The sale was handled very professionally and it has happened very quickly,” said Mr Thompson. “Julie has been exceptional.”
Lakeside is at North Farm, DL10 6AP, and can be reached on 01748 810320.
For more details, contact Julie Wallin on 01325 466945, or email email@example.com