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Opportunity to invest in the Puhoi country lifestyle

General Store and associated buildings for sale



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​​​​​109 Puhoi Rd  small-min.jpgJLL is marketing The Puhoi General Store and associated buildings for sale.

Historic Puhoi village is 45km north of Auckland’s CBD and 2km from the end of the Auckland Northern Gateway Toll Road. 

The Puhoi General Store is right in the heart of the village, next door to the famous Puhoi Pub and opposite the Puhoi River. 

The assets for sale are the Puhoi General Store (as a going concern), the 35sqm building leased to the Trove craft shop next door, office space leased to a real estate company, and a newly completed four-bedroom house, all on a 1,343sqm freehold site. 

The house has internal access to the shop and its own private entrance at the back. School buses stop at the front door and provide transport to Orewa, Warkworth, Ahuroa and the North Shore.  

The General Store is the hub of the community, selling everything from firewood to ice and bait, LPG bottle swaps, coffee and pies. It is known for its takeaways (oysters and chips are a specialty), so there are café facilities and balcony space here for a new operator to take advantage of. An off-licence allows for the sale of beer and wine. The store is also a NZ Post agency with PO Boxes, so residents call in daily to collect mail and parcels from the store. The business is for sale as a going concern, and financials are available on request. 

There is an access point to the Te Araroa trail in Puhoi, and the river is popular for kayaking and boat trips. Tourists and day-trippers from Auckland come to Puhoi to enjoy the pub, the various outdoor activities, the monthly farmers’ market and the Puhoi Valley cheese factory. Puhoi’s church and town hall are also popular as a location for weddings. The Bohemian Museum and Bohemian Dance Group help keep the town’s history alive. 

Construction of the new Puhoi to Wellsford motorway could begin in late 2016. The project is expected to last six years and there will be an off-ramp at Puhoi, bringing even more visitors to the village. 

The existing motorway network already brings substantial traffic flows to Puhoi’s doorstep. NZTA recorded an average annual daily traffic (AADT) count of 21,403 on SH1 south of the Puhoi exit, with a count of 20,465 just north of the Puhoi exit. When compared to the counts in 2011 (17,443 south and 18,018 north) this illustrates the growth in traffic on this section of SH1 between 2011 and 2015. 

JLL agents David Mayhew and Marg Mills are marketing the property. ​

“This could be a life-changing opportunity for someone who wants to move their family out of the city and enjoy the country lifestyle,” Mayhew says. “Or simply treat it as an investment and engage a new operator.”

“When you consider the projected growth of Auckland’s population and the Rodney area, there’s plenty of opportunity to grow this business,” Mills says. “Orewa, Warkworth and Wellsford are all considered significant growth areas, and these are all within 30 minutes’ drive of Puhoi.”

Puhoi has a long history. In 1863 a group of 82 Bohemian immigrants came to New Zealand from what is now the Czech Republic and founded the tiny town of Puhoi, nestled in a steep valley of dense bush. The journey took more than four months and the land was not the flat, arable farming land they had imagined. Still, their letters enticed a second small group of 31 to follow them out to New Zealand a couple of years later. 

The property is for sale by negotiation. 

Read the NZ Herald story here​