Successful And Lucrative Cafe



Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market, Cafeteria Maria.

There has been a café at these premises for many years and during that time it has become a popular and well used centre of the local community with many regular customers both young and old. The current owner has been running it as Cafeteria Maria for the last three and a half years and has introduced many new dishes. The business is now being sold, albeit reluctantly only due to her wish to spend more time with her family and perhaps relocate to Canada.

Cafeteria is a traditional café serving freshly prepared food that has been made on the premises using local ingredients wherever possible and offers an extensive menu including;

•All day breakfasts
•Chicken burgers and nuggets
•Jacket potatoes
•Oatcakes (a local delicacy)
•Freshly filled baps
•Baguettes with a choice of fillings
•Sandwiches, both hot and cold
•Halal Food
•Hot and cold drinks
•Hungarian Specials

The sale will include a company Facebook page and the business enjoys good visibility on the internet.

Scope To Improve

1.Advertising and marketing campaign
2.Maximise the use of social media particularly twitter and Instagram
3.Website ideally with an online ordering facility
4.Extend the opening hours, perhaps opening as a bistro in the evenings
5.Introduce a Sunday lunch offering would appeal to students and older residents
6.Start a sandwich round delivering to the local businesses in the area
7.Develop the outside catering side of the business particularly corporate
8.Explore online offerings from the likes of Hungry House and Just Eat

Reasons To Buy

1.A well-established business with an enviable reputation and many existing customers
2.Ideal owner managed or husband and wife business
3.Low running costs with inexpensive rent and no business rates
4.Includes all fixtures and fittings included making this a real Turnkey business opportunity
5.Ideal trading positioning close to colleges and university
6.A real opportunity to increase turnover and profits significantly, current owner has been running at a pace to suit.

Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to avoid disappointment.


Cafeteria Maria is located in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.

Stoke On Trent (often abbreviated to Stoke) is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire with an area of 36 square miles. In 2016 the city had a population of 261,302.

Stoke On Trent is the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries, with the local residents known as Potters. Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres. About 9000 firms are based in the city and in 2004 KPMG declared Stoke to be the most cost-effective place to set up a new UK business.

The city currently has the advantage of offering affordable business property, while being surrounded by a belt of affluent areas such as the Peak District National Park, Stone, South Cheshire and having excellent road links via the A500 and nearby M6 and rail links.

Stoke On Trent is linked to the nearby M6 motorway at junctions 15 and 16 by the A500. The A50 provides and east-west link between the M6 and M1 motorway. Stoke On Trent railway station is a mainline station on the Stafford-Manchester line (part of the West Coast Main Line between Manchester and London).

Cafeteria Maria is ideally positioned close to Stoke’s two colleges and the university and is literally surrounded by student accommodation and thus benefits from really high levels of footfall and passing trade. The business is just off the main shopping area which is unusually busy and vibrant with many independent and interesting retail businesses.

The business is nicely presented and maintained with clear visible signage and distinctive lime green and lemon livery. There is free on street parking immediately outside.


The business occupies the ground floor of a Victorian terraced property and briefly comprises;


Windows and half glazed door to front creating a light airy and inviting interior, wood effect flooring, fixed tables and chairs providing 16 covers, ceiling coving, spotlighting and pendant lighting, glass fronted serve over counter, upright fridge, stainless steel table with coffee machine, chalked menu boards, counter with till and wrapping area.

Open Plan Kitchen

With twin stainless steel sinks with Monobloc tap and tiled splashbacks, perimeter shelving, Visacrem KB2000 coffee machine (in need of service) two griddles, 2 pot Bain Marie, microwave oven,


We are advised that Cafeteria Maria is being sold as a Leasehold business opportunity.

The existing Lease has approximately 13 months remaining, but we are further advised that the landlord would be happy to negotiate a mutually acceptable lease with a new owner. The rent is a very reasonable £4320 per annum.

We are advised that the business benefits from being exempt from business rates.


Monday to Friday 8.30 till 5.00


The business is run and managed by our client with the help of family members on a casual basis.


Caféteria Maria generates an advised current turnover of approximately £32,000 per annum but it needs to be stressed that the business has been run at a pace to suit.

An ambitious and entrepreneurial new owner could increase turnover significantly and should easily double the current takings.


Listing Code GdBmzGiSgyE
Business Tenure LeaseHold
Listing Type Seller
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05/10/2018 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire