John Payne

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, Connecticut. Litchfield County, Connecticut. New Haven County, Connecticut. Hartford County, Connecticut. Middlesex County, Connecticut.  
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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Elegant Italian Bistro



Fairfield County, CT

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...

Popular, High-Profit Liquor Store



Fairfield County, CT


Long-established 1800 SF package store on main, busy commuter road in northern Fairfield County. Regular customer base. Located in safe, popular plaza. 10 minutes from Interstate 84. Accurate, bankable financials. All numbers copied from tax returns. High 27.8% gross margin with equal sales of beer, wine and spirits. Low operating costs. Call John Payne 860 868 3431

$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...

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.

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...

Highest Performing Yogurt mid CT



Southington, CT (Hartford County)


Highest performing new yogurt store in #1 yogurt brand in CT. Fastest growth and earnings for time opened. In busy mall in series of malls close to I-84. No nearby competition. Sellers have used all top-line equipment and custom tile and decor making it attractive and buyer-encouraging - a reason for its fast growth. Sellers now moving on to non-competing business. Clean and accurate books...

Dollar Store Next to Stop & Shop, ...



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...

CT Shoreline Liquor Store



New England

$200,000 NET TO OWNER

Package Store on CT shoreline ideal for sales to land and sea clientele. Location plus large selection of wines, spirits and beers result in annual sales of $1,240,000 at 25% gross profit. Low operating costs provide $200,000/year net income to owner. Great opportunity at asking price of $475,000. Call 203 762 5790 for details and an appointment with the seller.

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...

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.

CT Package Store Growing, High-Mar...



Hartford County, CT

High Class Package Store

Hartford County (but not Hartford) affluent suburb wine/spirits/beer (package) store in modern, well managed shopping mall on main commuter road. Sales are $725,000/year at 26% gross margin. $120,000 annual return to owner. Asking price high to eliminate low bidders. Call 203 762 5790 for details and negotiations with Seller.




New Haven County, CT

$175,000 EBITDA

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...

Package Store - $25,000 DOWN



Hartford County, CT

Package Store - 50% Financing

Established package store in popular mini-mall on a busy route in northern CT. High population suberb of Hartford CT. Owned for many years by same family. NOTE THAT CURRENT FINANCIALS INCLUDE $18,000 PAYROLL. IF OWNER/OPERATOR REDUCES PAYROLL TO 3 HOURS/DAY, OWNER EBITDA WILL BE $40,000 WITH MAJOR TAX ADVANTAGES. Clean, attractive, turn key with accurate financial reciords and clear analysis...

Fast growing city liquor store



Hartford County, CT

One-man store - easy to operate. Low overhead cost and major growth make this an excellent investment. High profitability also due to large sales volume of small bottles and singles - plus greater than normal cash vs credit card sales. Average inventory $30,000 but large storage area for growth and post purchases. 250 SF finished sales area ready for expanded sales space at same occupancy cost...

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.

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.

$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.

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