Property deal brings sweet treat to Redditch

Ben Truslove of agents John Truslove with Farhan Khan of Bakes & Shakes

A new dessert shop is set to open in Redditch, after a deal brokered by property agents John Truslove.

Bakes & Shakes is the latest venture from businessman Farhan Khan and will open in the corner building at the top of Unicorn Hill.

Khan secured the lease on 940 sq ft at 2 Unicorn Hill – taking both the ground floor and the basement of the four-storey building – after contacting Ben Truslove, joint managing director at Redditch commercial property agents John Truslove.

“I’ve been running a mobile coffee business for the last few years but, after the impact of Covid on the festival and outside events industry over the last year, I decided to start something a bit more bricks & mortar,” said Khan.

“I’ve been mulling over the idea of a dessert shop for a while but in Birmingham, where I’m from, the market is just saturated. I thought Redditch would be a better place to open – and it’s a very nice place to work and run a business.”

He added: “I was looking for suitable premises on various websites and spotted the premises on Unicorn Hill. I got in touch with Ben Truslove and he’s been great – really helpful, always responded to my calls and answered queries.

“We’re doing a lot of work on the premises to get them ready and hope to open sometime this autumn.”

Ben Truslove of John Truslove arranged a five year lease at £15,000 per annum with Khan on behalf of the landlord.

He said: “This is a prominent unit at the heart of Redditch town centre, so it is ideal for a new business hoping to attract a lot of attention. Dessert shops have become extremely popular in recent years, and I am sure local people will find Bakes & Shakes to their taste.

“This is another example of John Truslove securing an excellent tenant on behalf of one of our landlord clients.”

Law firm Wildings represented Khan.

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