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Well Secured Town Centre Retail Investment

William Hill | Unit 1 | 42-44 Fleet Street | Torquay | Devon  | TQ2 5DW


subject to contract



  • To be sold by clicktopurchase® online AI auction - 17th May, 11:00am

  • Popular retail and tourist location

  • Prominent town centre retailing pitch

  • Let to William Hill Organisation Ltd

  • Highly secure income – Pre-Tax Profits £223.5m

  • New lease from June 2016 at re-based rent

  • Guide price £265,000, subject to contract

  • 10.12% net initial yield


Torquay is a seaside town in Devon located in the district of Torbay, approximately 35 km (22 miles) south of Exeter and 53 km (33 miles) east of Plymouth.

The town benefits from good road communications, being served by the A380 which in turn links with the M5 Motorway approximately 29 km (18 miles) to the north. The town is also connected to the national railway network with a fastest journey time to London Paddington of 2 hours 45 minutes. Exeter Airport is some 42 km (21 miles) to the north-east and serves a number of UK and European destinations.

Torquay forms part of the ‘English Riviera’ and is a popular tourist resort, attracting a large number of visitors each year. Situated on the South Devon Coast, the town is famous for its sandy beaches and family attractions. The population of Torquay is boosted significantly during the summer months.


The property is located on the western side of Fleet Street, one of the principal pedestrianised shopping streets in the heart of Torquay town centre. Nearby retailers include Santander (adjacent), Tesco Metro, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Subway and Superdrug.

The Fleet Walk Shopping Centre is immediately to the south. Home to over 50 high street names together with a mix of specialist and independent shops, the centre also benefits from 414 car parking spaces. Retailers include, Bonmarche, Starbucks, Greggs and TK Maxx.

Union Street, the prime retailing pitch for the town, is immediately to the north. Occupiers include Primark, H&M, River Island, WHSmith, JD Sports and Carphone Warehouse.


The property comprises a ground floor retail unit. Internally, the retail floor area is predominately open plan with ancillary areas and has been fitted out by the tenant to their usual corporate style.

The upper floors, which are self-contained and accessible from Fleet Street, have been sold off on a long lease.


The property has been measured by BKR Floor Plans and provides the following Net Internal floor areas:

Gross Frontage  5.51 metres 18’1”
Net Frontage 4.93 metres 16’2”
Zone A 28.15 sq m 303 sq ft
Zone B 30.38 sq m 327 sq ft
Zone C 22.02 sq m 237 sq ft
Remainder 4.37 sq m 47 sq ft
ITZA   532
Total 84.91 sq m 914 sq ft

A set of floor plans is available to download and the measured survey report can be re-addressed to a purchaser.


The property is located in the Torquay Harbour conservation area.


A new 999 year long leasehold interest at a peppercorn rent.


The ground floor is let to William Hill Organisation Limited on a full repairing and insuring lease for a term of 10 years from 24th June 2016, expiring on 23rd June 2026. The current passing rent is £27,500 per annum. The lease benefits from a rent review in the fifth year of the term. There is a tenant’s break option on 23rd June 2020 and 23rd June 2023, subject to 6 months’ prior written notice.

The rent has been re-based to its current level from £60,000 per annum.

The upper floors have been let on a 199 year lease from 26th April 2017 at a peppercorn rent.


William Hill Organisation Limited (Co. No.278208) has reported the following figures;

  27th December 2016 29th December 2015
Revenue £879.0 million £873.9 million
Pre-Tax Profits £223.5 million £246.4 million
Net Assets £134.3 million £118.6 million

The company is a subsidiary of William Hill PLC. Founded in 1934, William Hill is one of the worlds’ leading betting and gaming companies. Employing more than 16,000 people in nine countries, it is the UK’s largest land-based bookmaker with 2,375 licensed betting shops in the UK. For further information, please visit


The property has been registered for VAT. It is anticipated that the sale will be treated as a Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC).

Management Company

On completion the Buyer will become a shareholder and director of a Management Company and following the disposal of all four shop units comprised in the Seller’s title and the upper parts of the Property on long leases, the Seller will transfer the freehold reversion to such Management Company for the sum of £10.00.


Guide price £265,000 (Two Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand Pounds), subject to contract, reflecting a net initial yield of 10.12%, assuming purchaser’s costs of 2.54%.

Investment Considerations

  1. An opportunity to acquire a freehold retail investment;

  2. The property occupies a prominent retailing pitch in the heart of Torquay town centre;

  3. Let on a new lease from June 2016 at a re-based rent;

  4. The investment provides highly secure income, being let to William Hill Organisation Ltd – Pre-Tax Profits £223.5 million,

  5. Attractive lot size to an investor;

  6. A purchase at the asking price reflects an attractive net initial yield.

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