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Shepherds Tees up Sale of World Renowned Golf Shop in Carnoustie

8.55am 10th February 2012 - Property

J & E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors is bringing a world renowned golf shop to the market for sale as a going concern. Established in 1883, the “Simpsons” business is a famous part of Carnoustie’s golfing history.

Carnoustie sits on the main east coast railway line and is a world famous golf town. The town attracts high levels of worldwide golf enthusiasts as a result.

In addition to being a respected professional golfer, Robert Simpson was a pioneering golf club maker and course designer, famously having assisted Old Tom Morris in the redesign of the Carnoustie links.  The Simpson family was synonymous with championship golf in the late 19th century, with brother Jack winning the Open back in 1884 and brother Archie placing second on two further occasions.  The family is world renowned for also being the developers of the “Carnoustie swing” a template of the modern golf swing.

In 1920, Robert Simpson acquired the building on the corner of Links Parade, which sits opposite the 18th Green of Carnousties Championship Course, part of the Open circuit.  The shop, known then as “Charles Brand Clubmakers”, was thereafter known as “Simpsons Golf Shop” and the shop has traded under the family name to this day.

Today Simpsons Golf Shop continues to supply quality golf clothing and accessories to an established clientele along with a regular influx of keen golfing tourists and local golf enthusiasts.  The name “Simpsons, Carnoustie” can be seen on clubs and accessories in golf shops and clubhouses worldwide.

The shop was fully refurbished in 2009 and formally opened by BBC Golf Commentator Peter Alliss.

Gavin Russell, surveyor at J&E Shepherds Commercial office in Dundee, said: “The sale represents a unique opportunity to acquire and expand a well-established business, rich with golfing folklore, with a well established client base and tremendous potential.”

The property comprises a single storey detached building boasting ornate features both internally and externally, such as the attractive and distinctive golf umbrella dome.

Mr Russell said: “Our clients are seeking offers to purchase the business goodwill, including the heritable property. Stock and fixtures and fittings will be made available to purchase separately. Consideration will also be given to premium offers for the business as a leasehold opportunity, subject to appropriate terms.

“We are hopeful that this will appeal to not only local entrepreneurs but moreover to golfing enthusiasts, perhaps an ex-professional or club professional looking for a new challenge. The business sale includes the domain name offering further opportunity to expand and grow a business thought to be amongst the oldest of its type in Britain.”

As a guide the client is looking for offers in the region of £160,000 for the property and business goodwill. Stock and fixtures and fittings will be sold separately (if required). Offers are invited.

For further information please contact Gavin Russell Tel: Int +44 (0)1382 878005

J & E Shepherd

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