The popular Slip Inn CafÃ© on the water at Havelock Marina in Marlborough, the heart of Greenshell Mussel country, has been placed on the market for sale.
A favourite haunt of locals and tourists alike, the Slip Inn Café sits in prime position overlooking boats moored in the marina that serves as the portal to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds.
The renowned dining and entertainment venue enjoys a roaring trade all year round, closing only on Christmas Day, with customers relishing sunny waterfront dining on the outdoor deck, the cosy indoor setting or the laid-back garden bar.
The Slip Inn Café is being sold as a going concern by Bayleys through a tender process closing at 4pm on Thursday March 19. It is being marketed by Bayleys Marlborough director Glenn Dick.
“The new owners will be walking into a highly profitable business, with a seamless operating system and a very supportive network of contractors and suppliers. The vendors have also built a number of strong relationships with local companies that encourage reciprocal business,” Mr Dick said.
Port Marlborough is landlord to the property and sees the Slip Inn Café as a draw-card for the public to visit the marina.
Sitting adjacent to the busy Havelock boat ramp, patrons enjoying a meal or drink at the Slip Inn Café are known to revel in entertainment provided by the many boaties launching and retrieving in the water nearby.
A comprehensive list of fixed assets and chattels is included in the sale, with an upgraded wireless till system, newly redesigned signage, marketing material and an overhauled website that fields a high volume of direct bookings and enquiries.
“This is the closest thing to a pre-packaged business as you are going to get. There is no need for initial capital outlay on equipment and replacements, but the potential is there to grow and expand with the new owner’s vision,” Mr Dick said.
There is scope to build upon the corporate function and conference hosting capabilities, with the venue currently catering for up to 80 people. The Slip Inn
Café’s unmatched locale has seen it also become a popular venue for weddings and private gatherings.
Marlborough enjoys arguably the most sunshine hours in New Zealand and is touted as one of the most scenic and tranquil locations on the tourist trail.
Havelock is one of the country’s historic seaside towns built upon a once thriving gold mine in the nearby Wakamarina Valley. The region has since sustained a footprint in the timber, seafood and dairying industries.
The Havelock Marina serves as home base for the many fishing, launch and recreational vessels that explore the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds. The Slip Inn Café is located just off State Highway 6, the main route from Nelson to Blenheim.