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N Yorks roadside diner to become Starbucks

Diner 168, a roadside restaurant close to the town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire, has been sold through Christie & Co to a local land developer, off an asking price of £395k.

The new owner, Cliff Court Developments, which specialises in refurbishing sites and letting them to corporate tenants, is planning to undertake a significant refit of the site and has an agreement in place for Starbucks to occupy it once complete.

CCD commented, “We have rolled out a number of these schemes now and the response has been great. Diner 168 is in an ideal location – we use this road a lot ourselves and know how busy it gets. We’re sure our tenants will trade very well from the unit once the refurbishment is complete.”

Diner 168 is well established having been operating since 1992 and provides capacity for up to 60 covers, plus a 45 space car park. Sitting in a prominent position on the main connecting road between the A19 and the A1, the diner is ideally located, capturing strong levels of passing trade through the busy area and is adjacent to a petrol filling station, which also draws further custom to the site.

Having started the business 26 years ago, the previous owners bought the land specifically for the diner, and built the site from scratch, managing Diner 168 successfully and profitably since its inception.

Now looking to retire, Peter and Sandie Gordon said, “It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to our diner – this business has been our focus for the last 27 years. We’ve just welcomed our second grandchild into the world and our want to retire and spend more time with the family has heightened! We’d like to thank our loyal team of staff and equally loyal customers for their help over the years and wish everybody all the very best for the future.”

David Cash, Senior Business Agent at Christie Co who handled the sale, added, “As part of our closed marketing campaign for our clients, we were able to tap into our comprehensive database, gathering interest from a range of potential buyers and ultimately finding the right deal with a multi-site developer who has relationships with a number of end-users, providing a new lease of life for the site.

'We wish Mr & Mrs Gordon a very happy retirement and are sure that the new owners and tenant will trade well from the site as Peter and Sandie have done for many years.”