Buying or selling a store is one of the most consequential business decisions any retailer can make. It comes with significant opportunities to profit, but also the risk of taking a wrong step along the way. And that’s even before the lawyers get involved.
For this reason, store owners who have recently bought or sold their stores are united in their advice to other retailers to not expect a sale to happen overnight, nor for a store to be ready for reopening the moment contracts are signed.
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“Things always take longer than you think,” explains Ferhan Ashiq, who recently sold his Day-Today store in Prestonpans, East Lothian.
“We had a buyer in place almost immediately for the store, but it still took six months to complete the negotiations and for all the legal elements to be done.”
With that in mind, it’s worth finding out how some of the UK’s best independent retailers buy and sell their businesses when the time comes – there’s clearly no time to lose.