Huia business offers idyllic flight from city stress

5:00 AM Saturday December 5, 2015 Colin Taylor

Exterior view of the Huia Foodstore and Cafe in the settlement of Huia on the Manukau Harbour.

The Huia Foodstore, which celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2006 and which is the only retail enterprise operating in the settlement of Huia on the shores of the Manukau Harbour,  is being offered for sale  as a freehold property and going concern business.

“This property and business is set in a slice of paradise amidst the native forest, picnic spots and tidal beaches in the Waitakere Ranges just 15 kms from Titirangi and 45 kms from Auckland’s CBD,” says Lindsey Holcombe of Clyth MacLeod Business Sales who, with colleague Dilip Tailor, is marketing 1194 Huia Rd for sale by expressions of interest.

“Huia is part of the crucial Waitakere Ranges water catchment area supplying the Auckland region and comprises residential homes and semi-lifestyle properties,” Holcombe says.

“It is a community with heart and character where the majority of houses stretch along Huia Road, which arcs around Huia Bay and heads west towards Little Huia.”

Holcombe says the Huia Foodstore attracts both local residents and a stream of visitors to the area.

“It is a warm, inviting cafe that’s big on history, personality and atmosphere with touches of quirkiness and heritage. The kauri floors and service counter date back to the 1800s while an eclectic selection of tables and chairs is complemented by decorative china plates on the wall and displays of fresh flowers that give the busy cafe a homely feel.”

Tailor says the cafe is directly opposite Huia Bay and seats 30 to 35 patrons with plenty of seating within an outside courtyard.

“The Huia Foodstore takes pride in its menu featuring wholesome, seasonal foods made from scratch on site. Gluten free and vegetarian options are offered along with an all-day breakfast and lunch menu and a selection of cabinet foods.”

Tailor says coffee sales are around 15kgs per week with 5 per cent of the annual sales coming from the sale of sundry products like milk, bread, cream, sugar, ice-cream and lollies.

He says annual sales for the Huia Foodstore for year ending March 2015 were $617,274 excluding GST - a 10 per cent growth on the previous year’s accounts.

“The owners currently work 20 hours a week and the cafe is managed by staff. Three years of profit and loss accounts and a staff roster with wage breakdown will be provided to qualified buyers,” Tailor says.

The cafe operates during summer from Monday to Thursday 8 am to 5 pm Friday; and Friday to Sundays 8 am to 7.30 pm.


Interior of the Huia Foodstore and Cafe in Huia, Waitakere Ranges.

The cafe business is run from a well equipped kitchen with a separate dish washing area; a separate, spacious storage area with extra refrigerators and freezers; a walk in chiller; a dry goods storage area, customer bathroom and a laundry area.

As a property, the ground floor cafe and storage comprises an area of 188.3 sq m and a first floor residence of 124.8 sq m occupying a freehold 809 sq m site.

Holcombe says the residence is connected to the cafe via a private internal access and is currently rented out as the vendors have their own private house in Huia. 

“The accommodation comprises two spacious double bedrooms with a double and two single wardrobes respectively,” she says.

“A separate toilet and bathroom have tiled walls, heated towel rail, and a bath with shower mixer overhead.”

The kitchen has a stainless steel bench with one-and-a-half sinks and a single mixer for water and filtered water -  along with a four element hob and an under bench oven with a recess for a dishwasher.

“There are plenty of drawers and cupboards for storage and the kitchen has good bench space. A servery separates the kitchen and dining area with doors connecting to the living room which features a free standing fireplace and a magnificent view to the beach and ocean.”

Holcombe says all services are available to the property which employs a septic tank to treat sewage.

Tailor says the business has a high profile road frontage position in an attractive location that can provide a new owner with work, income and accommodation.

“It offers an excellent lifestyle and affordable value for either an owner operator or for an investor,” he says.

“The vendors have run the cafe business for the past three and a half years but now have a young family, so they have decided to sell the cafe and the adjoining accommodation they have owned for the past five years.

“Its sale presents a new owner with an ultimate city escape with a good income in an area where there is absolutely no other competition,” Tailor says.