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Cheshire forecourt business changes hands

Greenacre Garage in Cheshire has been sold for the first time in over 30 years to a first-time buyer, with funding for the purchase secured by Christie Finance.

Greenacre Garage is an extremely profitable freehold forecourt site, comprising an independently branded petrol filling station, convenience store and MOT garage.

The forecourt, which is currently fully managed by an experienced team of staff, is located along a main road through Tarvin, an affluent area six miles outside of Chester and enjoys a steady stream of local and passing trade.

The business has been operated by David and Gillian Evans for the past 32 years and came to market once they decided to seek a well-earned retirement. This offered a rare opportunity for a new operator to acquire a well-established and successful forecourt asset with potential for growth to make it their own.

The successful purchaser, Sajeev Gowrinathan, is a first-time buyer who plans to grow the site’s convenience offering and has exciting plans for the future, with a planned renovation in the works.

Gowrinathan commented, “We’re so excited to be the new owners of Greenacre Garage. As first-time buyers, we had to overcome a lot of hurdles to obtain funding and it took a lot longer than expected due to Covid-19. The team at Christie & Co were so patient and professional from start to finish and we can't thank them enough for helping us to complete on the sale.”

James Moore-Martin, Director in Christie & Co’s Retail team handled the sale and said, “We received a multitude of offers and I’m delighted for the purchaser, Sajeev. I look forward to seeing the site following the renovation works planned. Many thanks also to Christie Finance who arranged funding despite extremely challenging market conditions.”

Alena Jawadwalla, Senior Finance Consultant at Christie Finance, said, “I’m delighted to have been able to secure funding for Sajeev. It’s a rarity that first-time operators acquire well-established forecourt assets but with help from a specialist commercial finance broker like Christie Finance, we are able to secure competitive finance packages to enable this to happen for clients. I wish Sajeev all the best and I look forward to hearing of the business’s growth and success.”