Bids of £895,00 sought for site of country store

Premises used by the independent family-run business Taylors of Sudbury, based in Newton, have been put on the market.

Six acres of land, commercial units including a converted barn currently used by the specialist country store business, as well as 10 stables and a three-bedroom house with an annex, are being marketed by the Leavenheath office of estate agent David Burr for £875,000.

Business owner John Taylor said he was retiring from the store he had built up from scratch nearly 11 years ago.

After a long career in banking in London he moved to Suffolk from Essex to start the business at Jarvis Farm selling country goods.

But the business, which specialises in supplying equestrian, shooting and animal feeds and country products, is not included in the sale.

The house and outbuildings went on sale on Friday.

Estate agent Steven Ray said the property represented a unique opportunity for a buyer as it had extensive land, including equestrian facilities consisting of ten stables, and could be used for commercial purposes.

“The property is a real rarity; it is unusual to find the whole package including the house, the land and all the outbuildings like this,” he said.

He said the property is being marketed on the internet, but the advertised guide price for it is exempt of all stock and goodwill in relation to Taylors of Sudbury.

The company said the appeal of the property for sale was the steel-framed, formal agricultural barn which had been transformed by the current owners.

It provided a substantial retail space used by Taylors of Sudbury for the sale of animal feeds, as well as a gun shop, three self-contained offices a staff room and stock rooms.

There was also a 12-cover coffee shop within the converted barn.

The company said a Suffolk County Council traffic monitoring report had shown there were 14,000 vehicles travelling on the A134 at Newton Green, and so the retail or commercial space offered a good opportunity for a different range of enterprises interested in setting up a business.

Lesley Ford-Platt, chairman of the Sudbury Market Town Partnership, said one of the main issues for the town’s retailers was the cost of business rates and these were causing a lot of problems for shops and businesses.

“Tim Yeo, our MP, has offered to take it up in Parliament if he is contacted by 10 business owners,” she said.

“I know of half-a-dozen who have done so, and I do urge those business people who are concerned about this issue to get in contact with him.

“Of course we live in difficult times but I am optimistic about Sudbury’s high street so long as we do not rest on our laurels.”

She said she was sad to hear that Taylors of Sudbury’s business premises were up for sale.

“I do think it would be a shame to lose this specialist business as it offers a fantastic range of hunting, shooting and fishing clothing and products. My son used to use it a lot for his clothing,” said Mrs Ford-Platt.

“Lady Jane offers some of these items but it would be difficult to find somewhere else that stocks such an extensive range as Taylors.”