Businesses for Sale in South Africa

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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 3244

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Longstanding Popular Restaurant

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 1,400,000

Annual Turnover

R 3,557,793

Monthly Profit

R 73,853

Covid proof restaurant in a top-class location!! A well known, fully licenced, warm family-run European style restaurant with a nice ambience in a super popular and prime location in the Garden Route now available. . It offers an extensive menu, complemented by a Platinum winning wine list and friendly and efficient service. This is for many patrons the perfect place to dine with family or friends, or just enjoy a coffee or drinks, setting the mood for a wonderful dining experience. The restaurant is in a prime location with ample parking on a busy main road. Established more than 15 years, the business has a loyal and regular repeat following. It is well supported by locals, tourists and foreigners. The restaurant is currently offering a sit-down as well as a takeaway menu with a delivery service. There is lots of potential to grow this business, including opening for breakfast trade. The business is ideal for an entrepreneur with a passion for the hospitality industry. If you are a qualified chef, this business offers the opportunity to build your own signature restaurant. This business is just waiting for you to take it to the next level! This is a good one so don’t miss out on this opportunity. The asking price excludes VAT and stock of ± R100,000.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 3233

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Take Away Famous Brands QSR Restaurant

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 2,230,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,950,879

Monthly Profit

R 55,094

Well, known to take away restaurant in Worcester, part of the Famous Brands franchise group. The restaurant has been operating for well over 10x years and is popular among local diners. The restaurant is part of an iconic South African brand, one of the dominating brands in this particular category. The quick-service restaurant category has shown much resilience in times of economic difficulty as diners opt for more affordable eating out experiences, the QSR category has grown significantly as a result of consumers seeking value for money. The restaurant is well-positioned in the mall with very good foot traffic and high visibility. The asking price is excluding VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Takeaway Food

Ref: 3231

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Fish and Chip Restaurant

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 1,895,500

Annual Turnover

R 2,529,721

Monthly Profit

R 35,803

Simple to run profitable Takeaway/Bakery perfectly situated in CBD between the Shoprite and the bus terminus is for sale. This 75m2 business nets 20% of turnover during lockdown (POS slips available for verification). The establishments mission statement is a great deal more and they offer value for money, exceptional portion sizes, and friendly service. The staff has been with the business since it started in 2014.
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Food/Hospitality

Takeaway Food

Ref: 3225

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Two Non-Franchise Fast Food Businesses

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 4,350,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,800,000

Monthly Profit

R 134,476

These two shops are about 300 meters apart in one of the most beautiful rural towns in the largest wine-producing region in the Western Cape. Situated in the shadow of the majestic Langeberg Mountains and surrounded by more than 50 wine farms. This town also forms part of the longest wine route in the world. These busy shops are easy to manage with a limited menu of mainly three products. Both shops are well located to serve two different markets. The owner decided to run two separate businesses because of the high volume of foot traffic. These businesses offer a sustainable income to the owner because of low overheads and the constant flow of customers. This price for both businesses excludes stock of +-R30 000 and VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 3224

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Established Wimpy Franchise For Sale in Cape Town

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,350,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,273,316

Monthly Profit

R 32,051

• Profitable and well established Wimpy fast food franchise for sale in the Western Cape ,Cape Town • Complimented by well trained friendly staff and regular clientele • Situated in a well-known shopping mall in a prime location • Secure with ample underground parking available • The centre has a generator to ensure continued trade during load shedding • Servicing a high-density vast residential area • Contracted for delivery via Mr D and Uber eats • Kids play area to entertain the young ones all year round • Selling price is excluding VAT and stock of +/- R 30000.00
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 3223

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Wimpy Franchise For Sale in the Western Cape

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 3,290,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,599,523

Monthly Profit

R 57,155

This Wimpy restaurant is situated in a prime position with very little immediate competition.The mall is the primary shopping destination for the vast residential area and boasts a host of national retailers which ensures a constant flow of feet throughout the year. • Profitable and well established Wimpy fast food Franchise in the Western Cape ,Cape Town • Supported by one of the leading franchises in South Africa ensuring • Situated in a prime location within a busy shopping mall with lots of parking • Kids play area to entertain the young • Selling price is excluding VAT and stock of +/- R 30000.00
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 3212

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Famous Portuguese Restaurant

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,650,000

Annual Turnover

R 3,800,000

Monthly Profit

R 54,449

This well established and thriving fully licensed restaurant in one of the most vibrant areas in Cape Town is waiting for a new owner. The position of this restaurant is ideal to attract the increased number of visitors from the Cape Town Stadium. The owners believe in serving the best traditional Portuguese food in this very popular meeting place. All meals are prepared in order to offer the best quality product to every customer. This business offers a lot of growth potential with new developments in the area. The monthly cash flow is for three months after lockdown. The price excludes stock of +-R30 000 and VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Cafe/Coffee Shop

Ref: 3200

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Favoured Coffee Shop for Sale

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 750,000

Annual Turnover

R 995,240

Monthly Profit

R 25,633

This opportunity is set in a captive market environment. This small, cozy coffee shop is based in the Garden Route and It enjoys a steady flow of business throughout the year. The business is well supported by locals and does not depend on tourism for survival. This is a superb opportunity for a couple or individual with a passion for the hospitality industry looking at a change of lifestyle in Garden Route. This business is currently managed by a husband and wife team. The success of this business can be ascribed to the fact that the owners are hands-on involved in the day to day business. The business is small, easy to manage, and has an excellent reputation and strong following. The 5.5-day trade allows the owner to enjoy a quality lifestyle. The figures can be verified and the asking price includes all the winning recipes for their much-loved dishes. If you love entertaining or have always had a dream of owning your own signature coffee shop, then this is an opportunity worth considering. The asking price excludes stock of ± R20,000.
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Food/Hospitality

Distributors

Ref: 3163

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Fruit & Veg Delivery Service

KwaZulu - Natal (KZN)

Asking Price

R 495,000

Annual Turnover

R 7,389,777

Monthly Profit

R 17,881

Started in March 2015 by the owner with a personal car, in three short months, the owner bought a bakkie for deliveries to a few clients and after one year expanded the operation to what it is today. The business is finely tuned to run with the manageress with all quality controls and service deliveries in place. They deliver Fruit & Veg over an area of 250km. From Mtunzine to Pongola. There are situated in the industrial park of Richards Bay. The current rental building has cameras, excellent perimeter security as well as biometric access. Their clients can place their order for the same day delivery. They have an “always have stock” policy. If a client orders goods that are not in stock, they source them and deliver. This adds to their already sterling service. They deliver to large Hotels, Hospitals, Lodges, Guesthouses, restaurants, and some private clients all along the North Coast. There is ongoing quality training for all staff and there is a minute amount of waste (<1%) which is checked and re-worked. The owner and the key personnel are constantly looking at the competitors prices and communicate this with their clients to offer them the best service at the best prices without compromising quality. Importantly, they have a level 4 BEE status. This business is ideal for someone looking to own an established and profitable service delivery operation with key personnel already in place and which runs on its own. You can run the business as is or expand it. The opportunities are there to springboard a solid investment. The asking price excludes VAT, assets (and stock of R40,000).
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Food/Hospitality

Cafe/Coffee Shop

Ref: 3162

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Two Snack Shops for Sale

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 1,115,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,556,864

Monthly Profit

R 31,570

These two snack shops do it all. Set in two of the busiest suburbs in Port Elizabeth, they deliver to all the businesses as well as functions and conferences. Started in 2007 and with the current owner since 2013, the shops have turned into well-known and established businesses. The current owner started the second shop in 2019 and has already proven to be a success. Both shops have seating areas. Not in the mood to sit and eat delicious food? No problem, they deliver to you via bicycle or motorbike. Do not want to phone the order? No problem, they have an app for ordering. Your choice is excellent. From salads, vegetarian options, toasted or plain, sandwiches or subs, platters and snacks, their mouth-watering variety will make you want more. Add to that a newly developed burger and delicious smoothies, these shops cater to all. Two shops that make awesome and delicious food, deliver to you via their app or phone, you can sit and enjoy with friends, and with new items been developed, this is a perfect opportunity for someone who is quality driven and wants to provide excellent service to their clients. The asking price excludes VAT and stock of R30,000.
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Food/Hospitality

Bar / Pub

Ref: 3146

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Best Pub in Town

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 3,345,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,201,584

Monthly Profit

R 93,047

This vibrant and family-friendly Pub started in 1985 and has been with the owners for 25 years. Set in Port Elizabeth it is surrounded by 5 large suburbs and is known as one of PE’s best Pubs. This is an English-style pub with a full array of alcoholic beverages and slot machines to cater to all patrons. The owners closed the kitchen but that can easily be re-opened with the equipment on site. This is a favorite watering hole for the surrounding suburbs as well as a party destination over the weekends. If you just want to wind down after a heavy day or come through with your friends for a good time, this is the destination pub. Ample parking, easy access, and a warm and inviting atmosphere make this a fantastic choice to buy. Looking to own a pub that is well-established, profitable, and renowned? Then this is an easy decision to make. The building is included in the selling price. The selling price excludes VAT and stock of R55,000.
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Food/Hospitality

Retailer

Ref: 3128

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Unique Retail Business

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 2,015,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,691,754

Monthly Profit

R 40,664

This profitable and established water retail outlet started in 2017. Its flagship outlet is situated in the Kouga area. The retail shop services its large client base daily and also sells to conference centers, hotels, B&B’s, private functions, and a host of other customers. Each client can have their own branding and labels on the bottles. The shop sells bottled water with a unique process. It also sells a variety of health supplements and products, natural honey, and juices (made on-site). The concept is to not only sell to the public and private sectors but also to educate people about the great health benefits. With a delivery service and a large and neat store, this is a complete package. It is in a shopping center with lots of foot traffic daily. If you are looking for an established health and wellness business and are interested in the health benefits, then this is the business for you. You can run the shop, expand, or franchise the name or have remote shops in other cities. The possibilities are numerous. The asking price excludes VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Catering

Ref: 3124

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Event and Catering Equipment Hire Business

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 7,100,000

Annual Turnover

R 17,120,000

Monthly Profit

R 155,667

This is a very exciting opportunity to acquire a specialist flower, dècor, and equipment hiring business in the heart of the fascinating Cape Wine Lands area. The business comes with an extensive inventory of high-end equipment and huge scope to expand options as outside catering solutions provider. The 30 years experience and excellent service lead to a constant flow of new customers from the recommendations of many happy customers. The business has developed an excellent reputation for providing creative wedding dècor and other services. There are also contracts in place to manage three well-known venues in the area. The price includes equipment of +-R4,0 m valued at +-50% of market value and excludes VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 3087

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Profitable and Established Taverna Group

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 7,247,500

Annual Turnover

R 19,410,741

Monthly Profit

R 312,765

• Family owned restaurant group first opening it’s doors in the 1980’s • Consisting of 3 branches each with their own unique atmosphere • Location is key with central positions ensuring continuous passing traffic and feet through the door • Offering a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes and mouth-watering desserts • Offer catering for special occasions, corporate functions and large bookings • All branches are streamlined and efficiently running ensuring profit from day one • Offering an excellent return on investment
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Food/Hospitality

Supermarket

Ref: 3085

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Well-Known Supermarket

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 8,450,000

Annual Turnover

R 43,000,000

Monthly Profit

R 98,250

This profitable franchised supermarket and liquor store in a coastal town on the West Coast has been established for over 12 years. The store mostly caters to the local community and is also a popular holiday destination. A buyer will be buying into a branded franchise with an international reputation. Expert training is also available from a team of professionals within the group. This is a good solid business growing year on year with an excellent future. An opportunity not just for experienced operators but also for those wanting to enter the retail industry with an established brand and track record. Opportunities like this are very rare because it gives a buyer the opportunity to be the owner of special business and also to live in a beautiful low crime environment. The price excludes stock and VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Supermarket

Ref: 3076

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Profitable Supermarket

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 19,000,000

Annual Turnover

R 114,000,000

Monthly Profit

R 258,833

You can become the owner of one of the best supermarkets in the West Coast! This is a great opportunity to invest in a solid retail business with an excellent future for long term growth. This profitable franchised supermarket and liquor store has been established for more than 25 years. The business mostly cater to the local community and surrounding areas but the town is also a popular destination on the West Coast route. The area was also identified as one of the important grow areas on the West Coast. This is an opportunity to invest in a quality business and to share in the growth that is taking place in the area. The price exclude stock of +-R3m and VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Catering

Ref: 3075

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Event Equipment and Service Hire Business

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 2,400,000

Annual Turnover

R 3,600,000

Monthly Profit

R 88,000

This business for sale is considered by many as a leader in this industry in Western Cape and rated as one of the top 10 wedding suppliers. Planning an event can be a nightmare and that is why there is a demand for the services of a business that specializes in equipment and services hire. Big opportunities are to expand with the same model and brand nationally. The business is running very successfully for more than 6 years. Its mission is to provide customers with high-quality products and services at cost-effective prices. They cater to all needs related to engagement, wedding, general functions, and conferences. The price excludes equipment and stock of R1,6m and excludes VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Takeaway Food

Ref: 3068

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Woodfire Pizza Franchise

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 560,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,000,000

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

Newly established woodfire pizza franchise looking for a new owner in the Garden Route. This is a great opportunity for someone ready to grow this business by taking over a fully operational business. The staff is well trained and operate the business with minimal supervision. Easy business to manage and operate. Gain customers from the shopping centre where the business is located, passing traffic and other businesses in the area. Price included all assets and excludes stock & VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Catering

Ref: 3003

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Picnic Franchise Business Opportunity

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 223,000

Annual Turnover

R 457,827

Monthly Profit

R 19,408

This business is a specialist in picnics, picnic basket catering, and outdoor dining experiences. UPDATE: Let us bring your special Occasion to your Home ! Due to COVID 19 the opportunity still remain to order your special occasion to be delivered / done at your home. Imagine someone setting-up a special picnic for you in your own Garden ! When was the last time you stopped…just let time drift and enjoyed a simple moment with a loved one? Today’s frantic go-getter pace makes finding that elusive “quality time” all the more difficult. This business opportunity is offering people just that…a simple moment…time to breathe giving you a way to just slow life down, un-plug and rediscover the simple pleasures of fresh air, nature’s beauty, delicious food, and great company. In contemporary terms, a picnic can be defined simply as a “pleasure excursion” at which a meal is enjoyed outdoors. This successful business opportunity is taking the traditional picnic experience to a sublime new level; the essential picnic elements can still be found: the wicker basket, the blanket spread on the ground but that is where tradition stops and indulgence takes over.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 842

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Two Wimpy's in Cape Town

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 4,625,000

Annual Turnover

R 8,872,839

Monthly Profit

R 89,222

These two well established businesses offer the perfect opportunity to join one of South Africas leading franchises. Both establishments offer a turnkey operation that ensures instant rewards on your investment. The prime locations ensure a steady flow of feet and are serviced by well trained and friendly staff. • Two profitable and well established Wimpy’s in Cape Town • Supported by one of the leading franchises in South Africa • Situated in prime locations within busy shopping malls with lots of parking • Kids play area also available • Selling price for is excluding VAT and stock of +/- R 60000
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 803

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Two Well Known Family Restaurants

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 3,350,000

Annual Turnover

R 30,027,000

Monthly Profit

R 336,417

There is no better time than now to invest in these restaurants at this price! The two well-known franchise restaurants in the Garden Route are well situated and well known by local residents as well as tourists. These two restaurants are waiting for a new owner with a passion for food and customer service to experience the benefit of growth in the tourism industry. Covid had a negative impact on these restaurants and that have been discounted in the price, but both are already recovering. No major revamp will be necessary for the near future. This is a perfect opportunity for any buyer who wants to live in this beautiful town close to the sea and also the beautiful scenery of the Garden Route. The price excludes stock of +-R150 000, VAT and Franchise joining fee.
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Food/Hospitality

Manufacturing

Ref: 778

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Award-Winning Boutique Winery

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 5,350,000

Annual Turnover

R 3,363,167

Monthly Profit

R 85,551

This is your opportunity to own your own boutique wine brand! Located at the foot of the Hottentots-Holland mountain range in the historic Winelands of Stellenbosch lies this award-winning winery. Owning this exclusive boutique wine brand promises the charming potential to an optimistic buyer who values the true characteristics of the Stellenbosch boutique wine culture. The facilitating property and buildings are not part of this sale. On offer is the exclusive boutique wine brand, together with an established, repeat export client base. Having recently won a gold medal at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits awards for their Cabernet Sauvignon, this prestige winery is highly sought after. The business was established more than 19 years ago and specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, and Syrah serving the national and international market. They focus on ultra-premium wines in a classic old-world style. Different segments of the wine market are catered for with their different brands of premium to super-premium wines from various contracted vineyards in the Stellenbosch wine of origin region. Wine is produced and bottled with most of the production for the export market. The cellar offers a lot of business potential. The liquor license (wine tourism) and facilities at the venue allow for amongst other, food & wine pairing events. The national market is untapped with this winerys wine only being available in a few exclusive restaurants in SA. This winerys consistency of accolades is what built a reputable brand, waiting to be taken to the next level. You can now own this winery with its secret, iconic charm, enjoying a quality lifestyle in the security of the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands. Asking price includes a long term lease for the winery, reputable exclusive, and powerful brand as well as assets of ± R1,500,000. The asking price excludes stock of ± R1.5m and excludes VAT. Property not included.
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Food/Hospitality

Takeaway Food

Ref: 752

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Popular Take-away in Vanderbijlpark

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 595,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,068,004

Monthly Profit

R 47,063

The forty-year-old very profitable takeaway business is located on a corner stand in an industrial area and therefore only operates during the week and half day on Saturdays. The rent is very reasonable, and the landlord provides backup electricity with a generator. The shop uses modern display screens to showcase their menu. The menu is varied, from breakfast through burgers to steak. The business is ideally suited to someone who wants to be involved in the food and hospitality business but is not keen on the long hours required from a franchised operation and high rents payable in the malls. It does, however, require a full-time manager/owner who can manage the store with the help of well trained and reliable staff. Please note that the asking price excludes VAT and stock.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 634

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Unique Acquainted Restaurant

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,650,000

Annual Turnover

R 3,100,000

Monthly Profit

R 93,000

This is a superb opportunity to acquire an awarded Travellers Choice Winner restaurant in the Overberg. This award put the restaurant in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide! The food has a familiar flavor but yet an exceptional savor. The intimacy of this little restaurant makes it a perfect choice for corporate functions. The restaurant is also well supported by many guest houses in the vicinity. The business has a stable returning client base for the unique home-style food and the relaxing ambiance of the restaurant. Sunday meals are very popular for all the local people of this beautiful coastal town. The price excludes VAT and stock.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 428

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Franchise Family Restaurant

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 8,200,000

Annual Turnover

R 20,000,000

Monthly Profit

R 147,000

This well-known family franchise restaurant is supported by one of the leading franchises in South Africa. The brand is well established and respected in South Africa for many years. The restaurant caters to the whole family with an upgraded play area for the kids with professional supervision. The interior layout is very well planned and the superb location in a very popular shopping center adds value to this once in a lifetime opportunity. The listing price is R 8 200 000 (excluding stock of +- R 200 000, VAT and joining fee). Buyers will be required to have equity of at least R 4 000 000 in unencumbered cash. All information provided is subject to verification by interested buyers and detail information will only be disclosed to serious buyers.
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Higher prices will be paid for businesses in more desirable industries that are operating in a market perceived as low risk. These types of businesses are in strong demand. Therefore, the value of the business will be greater than for one in a less sought-after industry and perceived to have a higher risk factor attached to it, even though both businesses may make the same amount of money.

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Once you have decided to buy a business, you will benefit from an initial meeting with one of our brokers, and they will have your name in mind when any new business becomes available.

When you initially look at a business, certain information will be supplied. However, in some cases, the owner of the business will be reluctant to reveal too much about the business until an offer is made. Many aspects in the operation of a business are commercially sensitive and confidential, thus a business owner would not be wise to disclose all until a prospective purchaser has indicated a serious intention to purchase by making a conditional offer.

 

A conditional offer is normally subject to the purchaser performing due diligence, a process whereby you as the purchaser requests, for scrutiny, specific information on the operation of the business. The owner will supply this information under due diligence. The buyer must maintain the strictest of confidentiality through this process and must not disclose any information to other parties except any professional advisors they are using in the process.

 

The due diligence process is for the benefit of the purchaser, giving you time to complete the verification process. If satisfied with the end result, the agreement proceeds, and you become the proud owner of your new business. If, however, you are not satisfied with the results of the due diligence, then the owner is advised accordingly, and the agreement comes to an end. The deposit money held in trust is refunded in full.

Before you begin looking to buy a business the first step is to work out what money you have available. There is no point in looking at businesses for sale that are beyond what you can afford. Calculate how much cash you have available and what other assets such as property you could borrow against.

 

When dealing with a business broker tell them how much you have to invest, then they will direct you to suitable businesses within your price range. The business broker will also know which businesses for sale are more suitable to finance, or if the current owner is prepared to finance some of the purchase price. If the broker knows what funds you have available, this will help them to help you.

 

With some types of business, it can be difficult to borrow money using just the business as security, due to the difficulty a bank may have in securing its loan. i.e. a retail store’s asset is the stock which it is constantly selling off. Therefore, the bank would not have any actual security. If you have a house or investment property, you may be able to use this as security for a mortgage to buy the business, thereby requiring very little actual cash.

Once again, buying a business through a broker will help you in this process. The business broker will explain the process to you and guide you through it.

The business broker will prepare the sale and purchase agreement for you. This is the document used for making an offer to purchase the business and needs to include special conditions to protect you throughout the process. Likewise, the owner of the business will want to know that the confidentiality of his business is protected through this process.

 

The agreement contains conditions that protect you, the purchaser and also the owner of the business. The document details information regarding the business along with the price you are offering and the special conditions relative to the offer. At this stage, you will also need to pay a deposit. If you are buying through a licenced Real Estate company such as Businesses4Sale the deposit is held in a trust account until the agreement becomes unconditional. If the conditions upon which you are prepared to buy the business are not met, then your deposit is refunded in full without any deductions. The trust account is audited and operated under very strict legal requirements.

 

Before signing the agreement, it may be advisable to have your lawyer review the agreement. When choosing a lawyer, it is important to use one familiar with the process of buying a business. Business brokers are not qualified to give legal advice, and likewise, lawyers are not experienced in selling businesses. Your lawyer will be looking after your interests just as the lawyer for the seller will be doing for their client, and the agreement must be workable for both parties. Ultimately the lawyer works for you, and you must have a say in everything that is done. Once you have signed the agreement, it is then presented to the business owner who will either accept it or make the necessary alterations before returning the agreement to you for your acceptance or further alteration. This is called negotiation and the agreement may go back and forth several times until both parties are in agreement. This is the work of the business broker who will liaise between both parties and often, through experience, bring solutions that can result in both parties reaching an agreement.

Gathering all the information you need to make an informed decision should start with the basics.

 

Price – is the business within your budget and can you fund the purchase?
Location – is the business suitable for you and is it in a good area for this type of business?
Lease – how long is the lease and are there rights of renewal (ROR)?
Rent – how much is the rent and other associated outgoings?
Staff – how many employees (full-time or part-time)?
Income – how much money will you earn? How long has the business been operating?

Confidentiality is paramount, and your business broker will arrange a time with the business owner for you to inspect the business.

 

A physical inspection of the business should come at a time when you have considered the financial information given to you, are satisfied with this and wish to proceed further. Remember, however, that the owner of a business will be very sensitive about your visit. On the one hand they will want to provide you with all the information you require, yet on the other hand, they will not want the staff to know why you are really there. Please respect this sensitivity and have the courtesy not to embarrass the owner.

We are often asked what the perfect business is. There is no perfect business as each business and industry has its own unique set of challenges for the owner. It is important to buy a business in an industry that you relate to and believe you can learn and be comfortable with. We have sold businesses where the owners have moved into an industry with no experience but they could relate well to that industry. Look to buy a business with an eye towards what you can do with it, how you can improve it and how you can use your ideas and enthusiasm to make it more profitable and productive.

 

A new owner can sometimes see potential in a business that the current owner can’t see simply because of the new owner’s skills. Whatever the type of business, make sure that it will be fun for you and you will enjoy what you do.

A professional business broker can provide you with many different business opportunities including some that you may never have considered. Frequently we have people buying businesses they had never considered buying until the business broker explained how this business could be suited to them. All our brokers have owned their own businesses, understand and relate to the process you as a buyer are going through and can provide you with helpful information on the business you are considering buying.
An experienced specialist business broker has industry knowledge that can assist you when considering buying a business and will normally have a selection of businesses for you to compare. Our brokers have prepared the necessary information, gathered financial documentation and compiled it in an information memorandum for you to review.

 

There is no cost to you in buying through a business broker; their fee is paid by the seller.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

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