John Payne

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Century Business Sales provides full-value sales for Sellers and fully-informed purchases for Buyers. CBS President John Payne, Harvard graduate and successful senior executive, provides full and accurate information on all businesses to enable Buyers to make clear financial decisions. Because of the trust placed in CBS by both Sellers and Buyers, many of CBS listings are sold before they reach the internet.

Services Offered:
CBS services include: (A) Sales of Businesses at the lowest commissions in the industry. (B) Business Searches for Buyers. (C) Drafts of Letters of Intent, Purchase/Sale Contracts, Management Contracts and Leases,(D) Financial and Financing Advice including introductions to third party lenders. (E) Preparation of Applications and Business Plans for loans including Small Business Administration guaranteed financing.  
Areas Served:
Fairfield County, CT
Litchfield County, CT
New Haven County, CT
Hartford County, CT
Middlesex County, CT
Century Business Sales was founded in 2004 to provide Sellers and Buyers of small businesses the same level of professional service extended in the purchase and sale of larger businesses. The CBS Team includes the best and most reasonable marketing, sales, purchasing, accounting and legal advice. CBS Brokers are educated and experienced. Overhead costs are kept at a minimum to provide the lowest commission rates in the industry.  
CBS President John Payne graduated from Harvard University and received additional training in law, business administration and finance during his successful international business career. John's responsibilities have included senior management of businesses in the United States, Europe and Far East. He has served as advisor to President Gerald and Governors of Connecticut.  
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Established Businesses For Sale


Cash Flow





New Haven County, CT

Popular and established Pizza restaurant on main avenue in large city with huge number of college students. All equipment, facilities in good shape. No near-term replacement or investment required. Asking price only 1.6 times EBITDA - far below 2.2-2.5 times times EBITDA average for Pizza restaurants. $175,000 ANNUAL RETURN IS IN ADDITION TO $182,000 PAYROLL WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO NEW OWNER'S...

Tires, Car Repair $200,000 Return



Tolland County, CT

CT Tires, Auto Repair

Tire and car repair in Tolland County CT. Ideal location on main commercial route. All equipment for testing, tire replacement and repair. Additional basic car maintenance and repair also available. 2014 sales annualized at $940,000 with $200,000 EBITDA to owner. Landlord sold the business in 2014 but new owner misused the funds from the business and the landlord was forced to take it back...

$1MM Liquor. Captive Market.



Fairfield County, CT

CALL 203 762 5790

1700 SF liquor store in smaller, well kept mall on the border between Fairfield and Litchfield Counties just north of Interstate 84. Next to the area post office in the mall bringing lots of traffic. High 25-26% gross margin and low operating costs brings absentee owner $150,000/year. Excellent and economical manager available. Long-term lease available. Great investment. Call 203 762 5790.

Classic CT Town Package Store.



Litchfield County, CT


Ideal, typical New England town with excellent school system which has attracted young professionals and two-wage-earner households. Clean, safe, orderly and sophisticated. Store established 55 years. Managed by current owner's wife. Rustic, wine-cellar atmosphere. Most customers first name basis. Easy to manage by one person. First and second floor storage with case elevator. Large...

Famous Pizza - Ideal Location




34 YRS, $ 450M SLS, $150 EBITDA

Famous pizza parlor for 34 years in exceptional location. Take-out service only with casual outside tables in open, scenic area. Includes all equipment and fixtures (valued at $150,000) for Pizza and full Italian Menu. Known for thin-crust, stone-baked and excellent toppings - far better than franchise pizza in ingredients and recipes. A neighborhood fixture in a high population density area...

Elegant Italian Bistro



Fairfield County, CT

Best Buy for Upscale Italian and Jazz

Elegant pizza restaurant in high profile location in busy shopping center in northern Fairfield County CT. Known destination for exceptional food - owners trained in Italy. In addition to 50-seat high-end decor dining, full kitchen plus pizza equipment/oven - all as-new and meeting code and currently valued at $80,000. Profitable from day 1 with high $90,000 payroll which could be paid to new...

Sophisticated Wine Store for Sale



Litchfield County, CT

Pleasant profitable pastime.

Gentleman’s wine store with first-name, affluent and sophisticated clientele. Selection exceptional. Over $1 million in sales and low operating costs provide steady, annual EBITDA OF $176,000 (up 5% in 2014). Products include wines, high-end spirits and craft/ unusual brews. Store serves three of the most wealthy towns in Connecticut. Real estate available on main commuter road for only...

Family pizza restaurant



Hartford, CT (Hartford County)

Profits plus Jobs for the Family!

Family pizza restaurant with 3 family members as staff. Great business for similar situation or good return for owner/operator or absentee owner.

Must sell quickly



Orange, CT (New Haven County)

Right Time, Right Place Opportunity

Great opportunity 3 year old pizza restaurant with great potential. DID $509,000 IN SALES IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS ENDING FEB 28 WITH ONE MONTH CLOSED FOR REPAIRS. "Under new, professional management" will give new owners opportunity to buy the business at a low price and double the business as original owners had planned. Call 203 762 5790 to negotiate price and terms.

Fishing Shack Liquor Goldmine




Low Profile All The Way to the Bank $$$$

This is a very low operating cost store in an isolated area which allows high margins (no discounting). Result is high take-home for owner/operator. The store looks like a fishing shack but is a little goldmine in disguise.

Bargain Package Store with Great F...



Fairfield County, CT


New liquor store in mid Ct city within walking distance of 500+ new condominiums for mid to high income. Beautiful store with hardwood floors, all new and best equipment/fixtures. Well known with growing sales and profits. Seller leaving the State for family reasons and reluctantly giving up store just as it is taking off. Great opportunity - call 203 762 5790.

Best CT Wine Store



Fairfield, CT (Fairfield County)


Most extensive selection of the best wines in all price ranges. Knowledgeable staff available to new owner. Transition will include education in inventory and all suppliers. Voted area's "Best Wine Store" for 3 years, Owner net income of $100,000+/year available. On site owner/manager will increase sales and profitability substantially, Huge opportunity in new and growing internet sales due...

Vintage Fashion, Jewelry, Accessor...



Washington, CT (Litchfield County)

Fabulous Inventory Worth More Than Asking Price

Vintage Fashion Store with fabulous inventory (included in sales price) in jewelry, dresses, hats, shoes, handbags and accessories. Voted "Best Vintage Shop" by Connecticut Magazine. This store is often used by Movies, TV and Broadway for period productions. Remarkable Inventory needs to be seen to be appreciated. The store itself has been recently remodeled and is located in affluent...

Redevelopment Opportunity! CT Liqu...



Fairfield, CT (Fairfield County)


In an urban redevelopment area, $700,000 sales brings an owner/manager $125,000 to $150,000 cash annually and the real estate (with 6 apartment rental income) is available at a bargain price. Redevelopment has already made the area safe, clean and growing. In the next few years redevelopment will have changed the whole area with 300-400% return on current investment. So it is not downtown...

High margin Liquor store



Fairfield, CT (Fairfield County)


Very profitable local liquor store. High margins due to type of sales and smart buying. One block from large university and close to seaside.

Price reduced for quick sale



Westport, CT (Fairfield County)

25 year old landscaping business with 85 clients all in same town. Other work obligations prevent owner from spending time needed to operate/expand business. Great expansion opportunity. Seller will finance account portion of sale.

$1MM Sales. Must Sell Now.



Fairfield County, CT

3600 SF Liquor/Beer/Wine Store on main avenue of Fairfield County city. Established 30 years. Last 5 years average over $1,000,000/year in sales. High margins due to location and high sales volume in small sizes and singles. Safe, clean neighborhood. Minutes from Route 8. Sellers own many buildings in the area and will adjust rent to ensure Buyer success. Sellers (brothers) both...

Growth Liquor Store



Meriden, CT (New Haven County)

"We grew a small store by having regular hours and better inventory" (Answer to "How did you start" from one of biggest CT liquor store owners). For $75,000 (or less with negotiation) you too can start with a small store with inventory and grow it immediately simply by having regular hours. Currently managed by husband and wife who cannot provide coverage due to other jobs and kids. This store...

50 Year CT Deli/Convenience



Milford, CT (New Haven County)

Long-established (50 years) of friendly personal service to loyal customer base. This mini supermarket offers most basic grocery needs in addition to prepared foods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available all day for take-out seven days per week. The deli offers sandwiches on fresh rolls or grinders and full-course meals. Catering or platters are available for small or large gatherings. In...

Tutoring service



Wilton, CT (Fairfield County)

K-12 tutoring and test prep service. 5 year old business that has grown every year. Current owners not doing SAT test prep which would provide great potential for new owner. Current lease expires end of year so facility could be moved for significantly lower rent and increase cash flow. Owner will consider partnership at reduced price.

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