Highly Secure Retail Investment

29-33 & 35-37 Channel Street | Galashiels | TD1 1BJ


offers in excess of



  • Let to W H Smith Retail Holdings Ltd – Net Assets in excess of £440M

  • Unexpired lease term of 9 years to November 2028 – no breaks

  • Rent rebased to market rent

  • Offers in excess of £700,000, subject to contract

  • Attractive Net Initial Yield of 10.19%



The town of Galashiels is a prosperous Borders market and commuter town close to Kelso, Melrose and Selkirk. The town has a resident population of approximately 14,000 and a catchment of approximately 30,000. The town is known for textile making, and is the location of Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design, Galashiels Academy and the main campus of Borders College.

Galashiels is located approximately 77 miles (124 km) south-east of Glasgow, 32 miles (52 km) south of Edinburgh and 60 miles (97 km) north of Carlisle. The town is located where the A7, A72 and B6452 converge, providing good access to the surrounding towns, such as Selkirk and Newton St Boswells. The A7 also provides direct access to Edinburgh in the north, and Carlisle in the south.

The Borders railway link which opened in 2015 resulted in a new railway station being built in Galashiels, linking the town to Midlothian and Edinburgh City Centre. The Galashiels Station is in the centre of town and has created a public transport interchange with the new build bus station.


The property is situated on the north side of Channel Street which is the prime retail area within the town and close to the Transportation Centre and the town’s main car park. Surrounding occupiers include Greggs, Santander Bank, Bon Marche, Dorothy Perkins, Carphone Warehouse and Superdrug.



The property comprises two retail units with ancillary storage on the upper floors. The subjects are of traditional construction, stone faced with a slate roof. Servicing to the properties is provided to the rear of the building with access from Park Street

Retailing is provided within the ground floor of both units with the Post Office operating from No 35-37 Channel Street. The units are fitted out to the tenant’s corporate standard.

There is storage provided to the first floor of both properties with staffroom, offices toilets etc also provided at first floor.

Please note the remainder of the upper floors do not form part of the sale and terms have been agreed to sell separately to a 3rd party. Floor plans showing the demised area are available to download.


We have been provided with the following floor areas:

29-33 Channel Street    
    SQ M SQ FT
Ground Floor Sales 362.50 3,902
  Stock Room 67.70 750
First Floor Staff 81.29 875
ITZA   162.95 1,754


35-37 Channel Street    
    SQ M SQ FT
Ground Floor Sales 164.30 1,768
  Stock Room 5.20 56
First Floor Staff 102.84 1,107
ITZA   112.78 1,214


Heritable (Scottish equivalent of English freehold)


Both properties were originally let to WH Smith Retail Holdings Ltd on a full repairing and insuring lease expiring 11th November 2023. The tenant has agreed to extend the lease until 11th November 2028, with provision for a rent review on 10th November 2023.

The rent has been re-based to £75,000pa, equating to £25.27/sq ft. (Previous rent £106,750)



W H Smith Retail Holdings Ltd (Co No 471941) has reported the following trading figures;

  31st August 2018 31st August 2017
Turnover £180,610,000 £181,024,000
Pre-Tax Profit £116,924,000 £  68,415,000
Shareholder’s Funds £440,781,000 £450,726,000

The W H Smith company was created in 1828 and with over 600 stores on the high street and another 800+ travel stores at airports, train stations, hospitals, workplaces and motorway services, W H Smith is one of the UK's leading retail groups and a household name.

The company also has various stores across Australia, South East Asia, India and the Middle East. Overall, WH Smith employs approximately 15,000 staff.

W H Smith Retail Holdings Ltd are a holding company, the immediate and Global Ultimate parent is W H Smith PLC. W H Smith PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SMWH) and is part of the FTSE mid 250 Index.


The property has been registered for VAT. It is anticipated that the sale will be treated as a Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC).



We are instructed to seek offers in excess of £700,000 (Seven Hundred  Thousand Pounds), subject to contract, which reflects a net initial yield of 10.19%, after allowing for standard purchasers costs of 5.34%.

Please note that a purchaser will be re-charged the costs of the surveys and
searches which are provided in the data room.

Please note a purchaser will be charged a Transaction Fee of £3,500 + VAT.

Investment Considerations

  1. Let to the exceptional covenant of W H Smith Retail Holdings Ltd – Net Assets of over £440M

  2. Tenant recently agreed to extend lease term to November 2028 with no breaks

  3. Let off re-based market rent

  4. Very attractive Net Initial Yield of 10.19%



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Contact Us

Singer Vielle   +44 (0) 207 935 7200
Graham Waddell graham@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 141 221 4545
Douglas Wilson douglas@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 141 370 0284
Dale Henry dale@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1356
Neil Singer neil@singervielle.co.uk  +44 (0) 203 478 9120


Vendors Solicitor

Macroberts, Glasgow +44 (0) 141 303 1149
Kelsey Gibson kelsey.gibson@macroberts.com


Joint Agent

AJS Property Consultants Limited +44 (0)777 057 4757
Andrew Saunders andrew.saunders@ajsproperty.co.uk