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Sole grocer with café/restaurant and bar in tourist hotspot placed on the market for sale

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As the only general store in town, Sailz has been operating at full steam through the impressive tourism boom that has seen Wanaka’s temporary population swell over recent years.


Located on the south-western shore of Lake Hawea, Sailz has been in business as a general store, café, restaurant and bar in excess of 11 years.
 
Now for sale by tender through Bayleys, salespeople Mat Andrews and Jarrod Frazer have billed the property as an exceptional established business opportunity.
 
Mr Andrews said: “the expansion of Queenstown and Wanaka will continue to generate greater interest in the region, and with Lake Hawea a popular destination, it attracts many tourists all stopping in for a slice of characteristically Kiwi hospitality.”
 
The Sailz freehold going concern sits on a 582 square metre site, and offers a three-pronged business opportunity incorporating the general store, café, bar and restaurant.

Renowned for their famous homemade meat pies, ice-creams, and earnest hospitality, owner-operators Dave and Liz Matheson currently manage the business which employs 12 staff.

The general store and café, located at street level at 33 Capell Avenue, is currently open from 7.30 am through to 9 pm in summer, and 8 pm in the winter months.
 
As the only general store in Hawea, the grocer is stocked with seasonal, organic produce, fresh meat, gluten-free foods and even a range of products from body care manufacturer ‘The Aromatherapy Company’. A range of beer and Central Otago wines are also available for purchase as the business is an off-license premises.
 
Downstairs there are postal facilities and a sunny courtyard with seating for café customers. The restaurant and bar on the second floor, comfortably seat 40 people and extends out to 70 customers when the north-facing deck is fully utilised. Perennially full with bookings advised, the menu consists of á la carte, with set menu and buffet options for large groups.
 
Meals range in price from $21-$70 per head, with the kitchen equipped to serve everything from the classic kiwi ‘fish n chips’ to high-end gourmet meals.
 
Advertising catering for conferences and wedding breakfasts, the business currently operates a courtesy shuttle service with an eight seater van offering patrons transport from Wanaka and the Hawea area to visit for dinner.

Keeping their local clientele happy, the Matheson’s regularly serve up burgers and pizza from their takeaway menu and advertise a catering menu ‘for workers’ which is designed to fuel hungry road workers, builders and shearers temporarily visiting the region under contract.

Famed as an outdoor-lovers paradise, the Wanaka region has enjoyed exponential growth in the New Zealand tourism sector of late, with Statistics New Zealand reporting tourist spending in July 2016 at $49 million – which is up a staggering 18.8 percent on the same time last year.

Mr. Andrews said that with “many of the region’s visitors staying short-term, Wanaka had recorded 33,771 guest nights in June 2016 alone. The benefits of which Sailz have reaped, with their location en route to some of the area’s most frequented scenic attractions.”

Originally designed as a settlement to house workers who built the Hawea Dam in the 1950’s, Hawea is now home to a number of notable walking tracks, with many visitors calling in on their way to the Blue Pools, Dingle Peak and Isthmus Peak Tracks.

One of the biggest attractions in the area, the Blue Pools are accessed at the end of a short walk through beech forest, where visitors flock to view the azure blue water and views up the Makarora River gorge.

Sailz store, café, restaurant and bar is marketed by Bayleys Wanaka with tender closing on October 21.

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