‘Roaring’ Clevedon cafe has even better future

5:00 AM Saturday July 4, 2015 Colin Taylor

The Clevedon Cafe and Restaurant which is for sale at 1 North Rd, Clevedon.

The popular Clevedon cafe and restaurant south of Auckland City is being promoted for sale as “a cafe most experienced operators are searching for”.  

“This could easily be a million dollar plus café in the near future,” says James Sheppard, business broker with Affiliated Business Consultants, who is marketing the business within leased premises at 1 North Rd, Clevedon for asking price of $598,000 including estimated stock of $8000.

“A buyer should have real confidence that owning this cafe will be a great investment due to the huge population growth that is on the horizon within the surrounding residential area,” Sheppard says.

“This licensed cafe is doing a roaring trade at the moment and it has massive scale for growth. Clevedon’s future development is being determined by both the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and Plan Change 32. The latter became operational in April this year and allows for an additional 600 houses around Clevedon Village but it does not allow for any additional commercial growth.

“Clevedon Cafe is the only cafe and one of only two restaurants in the village - the other is the restaurant within the Clevedon Pub. The dinner service growth is increasing and coming from locals. With new, stricter drink driving legislation in place, the addition of 600 new homes within walking distance of the cafe will be sure to benefit this business.”

Sheppard says the vendor has owned the cafe for 15 years and spends very little time on site but turnover excluding GST has climbed from over $873,000 to more than $891,000 in the past three years.

“The business could either be left alone and a buyer could continue to take in the current earnings or it could be transformed into a prime destination,” Sheppard says. “This cafe is screaming out potential earnings of $35,000 plus per week with the right operator.

“The outside seating area has been untouched for years with no cover or heating. The garden is overgrown making the cafe area hard to see from the street and the interior could really do with some TLC.

“On the positive side, the kitchen is huge and could easily cope with double the turnover and a few extra hands. And the inside seating area could easily double in seating capacity if it was designed the right way.” Currently the cafe seats 80 customers inside and 24 outside.

Sheppard says the present owner works minimal hours in the cafe. “The business doesn’t have a designated manager because all the experienced staff members are capable of running it.”

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 Interior from deck of the Clevedon Cafe and Restaurant.

The cafe is open in mornings and afternoons from Monday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 3 pm while dinners are served from Wednesday to Sunday from 6 pm until closing.

“The cafe owners have elected not to open up for any of the 11 public holidays per year and it is also closed for four days over the Christmas holiday period and for four days at New Year for lifestyle reasons. It’s estimated that opening up during these summer holiday periods would earn around $25,000 additional sales annually,” Sheppard says.

A new three year lease has been signed commencing July 21 this year and running through to July 20, 2027 if all three rights of renewal are exercised.

Sheppard says the lunch service is largely made up of visitors to Clevedon “escaping” from

the city to the nearby beaches of  Maraetai, Kawakawa Bay or Orere; along with patrons heading or returning from the seven nearby regional parks of Hunua, Omana, Duders, Waitawa, Tawhitokino, Tapapakanga and Waharau.

“These parks offer a number of attractions like walking tracks, kayaking, mountain biking, Maori and European history sites, farm experiences and camping.”

Other nearby drawcards are the Hunua Falls, Te Aro National Walkway that comes right past the cafe, and the Four Forty Mountain Bike Park which attracts mountain bikers from

all over Auckland. Clevedon also hosts four large commercial cycle races per year each

participated in by around 1000 riders and is home to the Auckland Polo Club which holds the BMW Polo Tournament locally.

Other events include the three day Splore Music Festival held at Tapapakanga Regional Park when over 7000 people travel there and back during the festival through Clevedon, and the annual air show at nearby Ardmore Aerodrome.  

The nearby Wairoa River is used by three boat clubs and has over 150 boats moored in it.

Sheppard says the cafe hosts four weddings on average per year both on site and under marquee tents.