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...

Elegant Italian Bistro



Fairfield, CT (Fairfield County)

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.

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...




Litchfield County, CT


Owner operated by mechanic with over 35 years experience includes repair license, Custom exhaust, pipe bending and fabrication, performance and stock exhaust replacement and repairs is main focus of business and includes pipe bending equipment, literature and bend cards. The business also does general repairs on all vehicles. They specialize in muscle car, street rod and classic car and truck...

Accident forces price less than an...



Litchfield County, CT

Accident Reduces Price to Less Than Income

After the next paragraph was written, the Seller was involved in a serious automobile accident which has increased the urgency of selling this restaurant and lowered price to less than annual take-home income and less than value of equipment and fixtures. Every town has its established restaurants that have served generations. This is one in northwestern CT. Good town. Good people. This...

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...

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...

$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.

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...

Big Profit Yogurt Must Sell Now



Danbury, CT (Fairfield County)

Owner illness means must sell immediately. This is real - this is not a "sales pitch". Husband can no longer work and wife cannot handle business. Must sell immediately. If necessary CBS will buy the business and close it until a solid buyer pays a reasonable price for business assets alone. Yogurt City is a leading self-serve Frozen Yogurt business. It is a franchise, but all franchise fees...

Busy gas station/ convenience stor...



Rocky Hill, CT (Hartford County)

Solid profitable business in good location. Potential to increase convenience store business with good management and better inventory. Busy location generates high lottery income.

profitable buffet eating establish...



Manchester, CT (Hartford County)

Profitable buffet restaurant with ample seating. Very attractive décor. Significant room for expansion in very busy shopping mall and high traffic street.

Reduced price dollar store next to...



Fairfield County, CT

Discount Variety & Convenience Store Combination in Stop & Shop + Walgreens Plaza on Connecticut Gold Coast, Fairfield County. Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM. 4200 SF high ceilings “high-end” dollar store to match clientle. Part of a chain of “Happy Dollar” stores benefiting from reputation for clean, bright, well-managed stores with broad inventory at discount prices (below Stop...

Liquor Store $800K Sales Mid CT



New Haven County, CT

6,000 SF Wine/Spirits/Beer in mid CT. Established, loyal customer base. Location in small mall serves several communities. Safe with large parking, Easy in/out on main commercial road. $800,000 sales with full 25% gross margin. 20 year reasonable lease. Call 203 762 5790 for details.

Neighborhood store with high earni...



Milford, CT (New Haven County)

Absentee owner of neighborhood store. Owner/operator could make $150000 Gross profit margin= 25%

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