Lot 05 85 High Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1SS

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Property Summary
  • Barnstaple is a strong retail centre that benefits from minimal competition.
  • Located in the 100% prime retail pitch.
  • Prominent corner building.
  • Let to the excellent covenant of Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd.
  • New 10 year lease from January 2020 at £33,500 per annum.
  • The building was refurbished in 2019.
  • Quoting £375,000, which reflects a net initial yield of 8.00% after purchaser’s costs.



Barnstaple is an historic market town and the administrative and commercial centre for North Devon. It is located approximately 45 miles from Exeter and 50 miles from Taunton.
The town benefits from good road communications with the A361 North Devon Link Road linking it with Tiverton and the M5 at Junction 27, approximately 34 miles to the east. In addition, the A377 links Barnstaple with Exeter and Junction 31 of the M5 motorway, 50 miles to the south. The A39 coastal road from Barnstaple connects with various towns in north Devon and Cornwall, such as Bideford, Bude, Ilfracombe and Lynton.
Barnstaple has a railway station with regular services to London Paddington, via Exeter.

The property is situated in the pedestrianised section of High Street, in the heart of the 100% prime pitch. It is situated between Marks & Spencer and the main entrance to Green Lanes Shopping Centre.Nearby occupiers include Superdrug, JD Sports, Primark, WH Smith & H. Samuel


The property is Grade II Listed and of traditional construction, with a rendered elevation and a pitched slate roof. It was refurbished by the current owner in 2019 prior to the recent letting.
The building provides well configured retail accommodation on the ground floor with ancillary floorspace in the basement. The first and second floors have a self-contained ground floor entrance and are sold off for residential use.


The ground floor and basement are let to Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd for 10 years on effective FRI terms from 27 January 2020. There is a tenant’s break option on 26 January 2025 which is subject to 6 months notice and a penalty payment of £16,750. The passing rent is £33,500 per annum, which is subject to an upwards only rent review in January 2025, which is capped at £38,835 per annum.

The first and second floors are sold off on a recently granted 130 year lease at a peppercorn rent. The roof is included in the demise of the upper floors and is the responsibility of the long leaseholder.


Torridge District Council Tel: 01237 428700 www.torridge.gov.uk

Please refer to Legal Documents
Property Table

The property comprises the following approximate net internal floor areas:

Ground floor Sales1,199 sq.ft
Ground floor ITZA696 units
Basement Ancillary481 sq.ft
Total1,680 sq.ft



In the past 3 years, Blacks Outdoor Retail Limited have reported the following financial figures in their annual accounts:

Pre-Tax Profit(£1,812,000)£3,513,000£914,000
Shareholder Funds(£31,284,000)(£30,679,000)£34,491,000)


The company is a subsidiary of JD Sports Fashion PLC which has 2,420 stores worldwide and for the year ending February 2019 reported a Revenue of £4,718 million and Pre-Tax Profits of £340 million. JD Sports has a market capitalisation of £6,540 million. The ultimate
parent company is Pentland Group Plc, a global business owning brands including Speedo, Berghaus, Mitre, Canterbury of New Zealand, Ellesse and Boxfresh.

Demographic & Economic Profile
Barnstaple has a resident population of approximately 53,500 persons (Source: 2011 Census) and a primary catchment population of 180,000 persons. The catchment population is affluent and is significantly boosted by tourism.

Visit Devon estimated that in 2016 there were 6.3 million visitors to the county spending £0.56 billion in the local economy.

Retailing in Barnstaple
Barnstaple is ranked 20th in the PMA Competition Indicator reflecting the lack of competition and its dominance in the region. The nearest competing retail centres of Taunton and Exeter are both at least a 1 hour drive time away.

Barnstaple’s central shopping area comprises an estimated 710,000 sq ft of retail floorspace, which is below the PMA Market Town average, which suggests an under provision of shopping.

High Street forms the town’s prime retail pitch, with further retailing provided in Green Lanes Shopping Centre.

The prime section of the High Street and Green Lanes Shopping Centre have both maintained a low vacancy rate in recent years.

Major retailers represented in Barnstaple include Boots, Primark, River Island, TK Max, WH Smith M&S

Joules, White Stuff and JD Sports have all opened stores in Barnstaple recently and Primark has extended their store.

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