General Store & Post Office With Accommodation

Austwick, North Yorkshire


Ref: B04085

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Hilton Smythe are delighted to offer to the market Cross-Leigh Stores and Post Office, a well presented general store with post office and 2 bed flat above.

Our clients took over the business in October 2014 and have really enjoyed the lifestyle of running the shop, during their time here, they have built up an excellent rapport with the locals and join in with the community events which take place frequently, such as the annual cuckoo festival.

Our clients are now looking to spend more time with their family and relocate to another town.

For more information about the area please visit

Above the shop is a 2-bed flat which is currently rented on a six month AST.

The shop also has an outbuilding used as storage.

The shop has been kept to tradition, giving a warming, relaxing feel. Cross Leigh Stores currently sells freshly made pastries, alcohol, deli products, sweets, drinks, fresh fruit, newspapers and magazines etc. Cross Leigh also offers other services such as newspaper delivery (3 rounds) and dry cleaning pick up and drop off.

There is also a community post office booth and royal mail sorting office, Post Office salary is approximately £17,500 per year.

Cross Leigh Stores boasts great reviews on “Google my Business” listing, active Facebook page, and a website, with customers stating
‘An excellent, traditional village store. They offer a surprising and extensive range of products. They also offer coffee for the tired walker. The shop also doubles as a Post Office. A real credit to Austwick’ and ‘Great local shop stocking most groceries and an asset to the village. Very friendly proprietors and a post office to boot. What more could you ask for.

There is scope to improve the already thriving turnover such as introducing an outside catering side, using social media, offering a delivery service to neighbouring villages and extending opening hours.
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to live and work in such a sought for area. Early viewing is highly recommended and by appointment only.
The current owner is offering a hand over period to ensure continued success of the business.



We are advised the premises is Leasehold with 11 years remaining on the current lease.

Rent is £9,252 per year and benefits from being rates exempt.

The rented out flat above generates a rental income of £4,740 per year.


Post Office:

Monday- Friday 09.00-17.30
Saturday 09.00-12.30


Monday-Friday 07.00-17.30
Saturday 08.00-12.30
Sunday 09.00-12.00


The business is currently run by a husband and wife team.

Financial Profile

The accounts for 2017 show a turnover of circa £171,000 with a gross profit of around £44,000


Cross Leigh Stores and Post Office is located on Main Street, Austwick Village.

Austwick is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. About 5 miles north-west of Settle. The village is on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

There are many opportunities for exploring the Countryside around Austwick. The Pennine Bridleway passes through, while well maintained paths and lanes lead north into Crummackdale and onto Norber.

The village is accessible via bus, with a bus stop at the bottom of the road. The business is just a 2-minute drive from the A65 which leads to the motorway network.


The property is well presented inside and out and benefits from street parking, in the summer months there is space for a table and chairs at the front of the premises, with the village boasting exceptional countryside views this is a perfect coffee break spot for walkers, tourists and the locals.
Ground floor
Open plan shop floor and post office, equipment included in the sale comprises of;
Coin counter
Vacuum sealer
Heat sealer
2x chest freezers
1 upright fridge
3 x undercounter fridges
1 x Ice cream freezer
Drinks fridge
1 ice-cream machine
2 meters serve over chiller
Leased Rioja42 coffee machine
Coffee machine stand
Bake off oven
Buffalo grill
Panini press
Pie warmer
Ample racking, card stands, free standing shelving

1st Floor
A 2 bedroom flat comprising of lounge, kitchen, bathroom and 2 double bedrooms.

To the rear of the shop is a large storage extension containing chest freezers and fridges with wall shelving, there is also toilet and wash basin to the rear of the shop. PVC shed used for storage

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