A SHOP and Post Office that has been trading since the 1960s is up for sale in Kilve.

The owners of Kilve Stores & Post Office, located on the A39 between Bridgwater and Minehead, have instructed specialist business property adviser Christie & Co to manage the sale.

For the past 17 years, the business has been owned and run by the Hirst family, who are now looking to retire.

Matthew Hirst said: “We have loved running this store and raising our family for the last 17 years and enjoying the lifestyle this business has brought us. 

“The local community and wider population find it easy to pop in for our wide selection of goods and services with the Post Office adding to the footfall.

"We look forward to passing the business and our fantastic family home on to the next operator to continue to serve this thriving community.”

Anyone wishing to take on this much-loved business will also be able to benefit from the modern five-bedroom owner's accommodation, which has been refurbished to an excellent standard.

A new owner could do anything from extending business hours, installing a coffee machine and hot food-to-go, and much more to improve the business and make it their own.

Matthew McFarlane, business agent, Retail at Christie & Co, said: “I am delighted to offer this fabulous store and home for sale.

"The business is situated in a prominent position on the main road between Bridgewater and Minehead and has off-street customer parking.

"The beautiful home that is attached to the store with a large, landscaped garden offers a fabulous lifestyle for the new owners.”

A spokesperson from the Christie & Co website said: "We’re the leading specialist advisor for buying and selling businesses in our sectors - hotels, pubs, restaurants, childcare, healthcare, convenience retail, leisure and medical.

"If you’re looking to buy or sell a business in our specialist sectors – from a pharmacy in Sussex to a hotel in Austria – our expert advice and collaborative support will help you achieve your goals.

"Our people are the best in the business; professional and customer focused. Each is a specialist in their field and dedicated to client satisfaction, providing professional services covering surveying, valuation, agency, consultancy, finance, insurance, stock control and software solutions."