A VILLAGE shop and post office near Bridgwater has been put on the market by its owner who is planning to retire.

The freehold property in Stogursey, which is being marketed by Blacks Business Brokers with a guide price of £774,995, also includes a five-bedroom apartment and a three-bedroom barn conversion.

The post office was established more than 100 years ago and was taken over by its current owners, Deborah and Allen Robins, in 2005.

As well as post office services, the business sells a range of convenience products and has recently begun trading under the Spar brand.

The business, which will continue to trade as normal until a buyer is found, turned over £524,000 in its most recent financial year, generating a gross profit of £111,413.

The business is fully equipped, with CCTV, shelving, fridges and freezers, and has a separate post office counter.

It employs five members of staff in addition to the two owners.

As well as the ground-floor business premises, the property for sale includes a large apartment spread across the ground and first floors.

The ground floor houses a dining room, kitchen and scullery while the first floor includes a lounge, five bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The property also includes a separate three-bedroom barn conversion.

Joanne Booth, director of Blacks Business Brokers, said: “Post offices and convenience stores are proving highly popular with buyers at the moment, partly as a result of changing shopping patterns post-pandemic.

“This business comes with the added bonus of a large flat, offering a new owner the opportunity to live in an idyllic location while carrying out a role that is at the heart of village life.

“Stogursey is a historic village, and home to a medieval church and castle, so the recently converted barn that also forms part of the sale has great potential to provide additional income as a holiday let.”

All enquiries should be directed to Blacks Business Brokers on 0333 370 0000, quoting reference 7330.