Long Established Health Food Store in Gorey, Co. Wexford. For Sale

We are pleased to bring to market an exciting opportunity to acquire a long-established health food store which has been trading since 2001. The health food store comes to market as the owner is retiring.

The store was set up in 2001 and has been trading from its current location since that time.  Renowned as having a name for high quality goods and service, it has generated a consistent turnover over the last decade. The business has built up a hard-core of devoted customers which give it a very dependable income all year round. It is a member of the Irish Association of Health Stores.

The store sells supplements and vitamins which is the main income. These are supported by a wider range of goods aimed at customer’s health. In all, the business is ready to walk into and take money immediately from day one.

The shop is located in a busy shopping area of Gorey Town.  Gorey is a thriving market town situated beside the main M11 Dublin to Wexford road. Its current population according to figures released by the Census exceeds 10,000 and in the summer months the population more than doubles due to the influx of holiday makers visiting Courtown Harbour, Riverchapel, Ardamine and Ballymoney.

Due to the low concentration of health food stores in relation to the population of Gorey and its surrounding areas there is clear opportunity for further growth.

Expansion Potential – the shop has potential for selling fresh foods, potential for using the website to bring in more business, the upstairs room is not used at present but is ready to go for after-hours education.

Details of the property are as follows:

  • Retail area 472 Sq. Ft.
  • Window display area capable of promotions and offers
  • Mezzanine area with staff canteen 96 Sq. Ft
  • Store 18 Sq. Ft.
  • Bathroom
  • Free parking at the front of the building
  • Laneway to the back of the property for storage of rubbish bins
  • Shop front facing a busy road
  • The property is fitted out to a very high standard

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday:                                 9.30am – 5.30pm

Sunday & Bank Holidays                        Closed

This is a total of 48 hours per week




From snacking and confectionary to baked goods, California Raisins has the natural answer.

Have you ever thought what you can add to your products to not only enhance their flavour, but add natural sweetness and healthy goodness too?

Well look no further, whatever your product, California Raisins are an excellent way of adding a healthy aspect to your range.

California Raisins are an all-natural product, nothing added, nothing taken away. They can add vitamins, minerals, fibre, and sweetness to all types of products, from breakfast bars and cereals to cookies, snacks, and confectionery.

The California Raisin Administrative Committee states that the naturally occurring sugars in the raisins, mainly fructose and glucose, means that California Raisins can be used as a sugar replacement in many products and clearly with the ever-increasing march towards healthy foods, less added sugar must be good news.

Sugars naturally present in dried fruits are monosaccharides (single unit sugars) fructose and glucose and disaccharides (two-unit sugar) sucrose and maltose.

Another positive aspect of California Raisins is their vitamin and mineral content, which they contain in abundance, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc as well as vitamins B1, B6, A, C, and E.

Food Development

The California Raisin Administrative Committee has been working with many top quality bakers, chefs, confectioners, and Patisseries over the years, to demonstrate how California Raisins can be used in different products.

California Raisins the little fruit that adds big taste to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time is also a friendly food for diabetics. Recent research shows that consuming this all natural, sun-dried no-sugar-added fruit can positively affect glucose levels and systolic blood pressure among people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (t2DM)1.

Two clinical trials were conducted comparing the effects of raisin intake to commonly used snacks in people, first, with pre-diabetes and second, with T2D. In both groups, the intakes in raisin snacks three times daily significantly decreased blood pressure compared to conventional snacks, and blood glucose values were favourably affected by raisins compared to other snacks’
(research – James W. Anderson, MD, Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky).
Diabetic patients look for foods to satisfy their cravings for sweet tastes and flavours.

The California Raisin Administrative Committee continue to work with food developers in all sectors of the food industry to help in providing a fresh take on healthy, easy to use, versatile California Raisins.

For a copy of our booklet California Raisins Naturally Sweet – A guide to California raisins for diabetics contact: dee@comeitothegarden.co.uk




Holland & Barrett sold for £1.77bn to L1 Retail

It has been announced that Holland & Barrett has been sold to L1 Retail for £1.77bn.

The Nature’s Bounty Co. and the Carlyle Group announced the acquisition by L1 Retail, the retail investment arm of LetterOne. The transaction is expected to close by September 2017 subject to customary regulatory approvals. Further financial terms were not disclosed.

Commenting on the acquisition L1 Retail Managing Partner, Stephan DuCharme, said: “Holland & Barrett is a clear market leader in the UK health and wellness retail market, with attractive growth positions in other European and international markets, and growing online presence, with a leading customer loyalty programme and 10 million active cardholders. We look forward to working with Peter Aldis, CEO, Holland & Barrett, and his strong management team. We believe that the company is well positioned to benefit from structural growth in the growing £10 billion health and wellness market and has multiple levers for long-term growth and value creation.”

Steve Cahillane, President and CEO at The Nature’s Bounty Co., continued: “We are proud of the growth in both sales and market share that Peter Aldis and all associates at Holland & Barrett have achieved in the past seven years. This is due to their high standards of delivery and to the investments supported by Carlyle, notably in new product development, store relocations and refurbishments. We wish Peter and all associates well in the future as they continue to build the business.”

Aldis added: “We are delighted to now be in partnership with the L1 Retail team and its advisory board of internationally-renowned retailers. We have upgraded much of our core store portfolio to concept stores to deliver additional in-store theatre and increased customer engagement. New products launched through our ethical sourcing programme have also been a key growth driver helping to underpin our substantial investment to gain presence across an increasingly global health and wellness market.

“We are particularly proud that our international business last year received the Queen’s Award for International Trade. Carlyle has been a great partner for Holland & Barrett over the last few years, investing in the brand, our people, and next generation technology, which has driven our growth. We look forward to building on this track record as we enter the next chapter with L1 Retail.”

And Marco De Benedetti, Managing Director and Co-Head at Carlyle Europe Partners advisory team, finished: “We have invested heavily in the Holland & Barrett brand, built an innovation pipeline, opened over 300 new stores, built an industry leading omni channel platform, and expanded the business internationally. This has delivered 32 quarters of consecutive like-for-like growth and sustainable financial performance.”

Originally founded in 1870, Holland & Barrett today boasts stores in more than 1,150 locations worldwide, a significant rapidly expanding online ecommerce capability and a global employee base of more than 4,200 associates and staff. In 2016, the company’s annual revenues exceeded £610m, marking 32 consecutive quarters of like-for-like growth in the business, helped by significant investments into new store openings, the company’s online sales platform and click-and-collect retail capabilities and marketing campaigns such as ‘The Good Life’. Continued international growth across Scandinavia and in Holland & Barrett’s partnerships with Tesco plc in the UK, Apollo Hospital Group in India, and AS Watsons in Hong Kong, helped increase the company’s international operations footprint to 16 countries.




Soil Association launches campaign for ‘clean’ beauty

A study finding that most people feel misled by beauty labelling has been released as part of a new campaign.

A national independent survey revealed that 76 per cent of consumers feel misled by some labelling on beauty products. The new research, released as part of the Soil Association’s Campaign for Clarity, shows that 72 per cent of people said they would lose trust in a beauty brand that made misleading claims about being organic.

The Soil Association’s Come Clean About Beauty league table has revealed a cross section of brands and beauty products on the market which make potentially misleading organic claims on the label. They include ‘organic’ on some labels – yet these products are not certified as organic and include ingredients banned under organic standards. Some 69 per cent of people surveyed said that they felt misleading labelling should be against the law.

“This is the tip of the iceberg,” commented Soil Association Policy Director, Peter Melchett. “The labels on products we encountered were littered with confusing terms. Our consumer research shows that it is very difficult for consumers to know they are making the right choice when doing their shopping.”

The research found that 74 per cent of people said they would feel they were choosing a product which was free from nasties if it said organic on the label. Yet the reality is quite different. A leading independent toxicologist reviewed the ingredients we found in products which say organic on the label and identified the Terrible Ten, ingredients which have been shown in wider use to cause problems such as allergies, hormone disruption, or harm to the development of unborn babies.

Emeritus Professor Vyvyan Howard of the Centre for Molecular Bioscience at Ulster University, who assessed the ingredients used in the potentially misleadingly labelled products and came up with the ‘Terrible Ten’, said: “I was shocked to find ingredients which could contain human carcinogens in products with labels which could misleadingly suggest that they might be organic. Genuine organic products are independently certified and I would encourage consumers to choose those to be sure they are keeping away from ingredients included in the Terrible Ten.”

The Soil Association is urging people to demand brands which make organic and natural claims truly to Come Clean About Beauty and use the terms organic or natural responsibly or not at all. Find out more at www.soilassociation.org/comecleanaboutbeauty