Shops & Markets

Peckham’s stores on Hyndland Road and Byres Road are sold to tech and food duo

By Ian Marland at

The West End’s two Peckham’s deli stores have been sold.

New owners are Andrew Duncan and Lee Fish.

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New owners: Lee Fish (left) and Andrew Duncan (right).

Andrew is a high profile tech entrepreneur and Lee is a veteran of the food and drink sector.

They say they will restore the brand to its former glories after paying an undisclosed sum for the business.

Andrew is the founder and managing director of mobile and web technology business SwarmOnline.

He stumbled across the chance to buy Peckham’s remaining Glasgow stores and broached the potential partnership with Lee at a barbeque.

REPUTATION

He said: “Lee and I first met through our local Round Table in Helensburgh and we discovered we shared many of the same ideas and ambitions in business.

“When I found out Peckham’s was for sale I felt that our combination of sector experience and tech expertise would be ideal to restore the company’s reputation in a hugely competitive market.”

Andrew added: “SwarmOnline will develop the tech side of the business producing apps that will make it much more efficient, allowing us to make better informed decisions about stock and sales and making the customer experience unlike any other deli or café.

“This sort of technology is normally only used by the major supermarkets and corporates – we aim to be the most high tech deli in the country.”

Andrew Duncan:

“SwarmOnline will develop the tech side of the business producing apps that will make it much more efficient, allowing us to make better informed decisions about stock and sales and making the customer experience unlike any other deli or café.

“This sort of technology is normally only used by the major supermarkets and corporates – we aim to be the most high tech deli in the country.”

Lee, who formerly held the UK franchise for O’Briens sandwich cafés, currently owns Kitchen, a small chain of independent cafés in the west of Scotland.

He still runs two O’Briens shops in Edinburgh and Newcastle.

He said: “Peckham’s has suffered from a lack of investment in recent years and we will address that immediately.

“We plan to completely reconfigure the Byres Road branch by the end of this year, followed by Hyndland Road with spending on the project likely to hit six figures.

“There is a terrific staff team of 18 across the two branches who have a passion to see the business succeed.

WELL-INFORMED

“We intend to revitalise stock lines and develop new relationships with producers, particularly in Scotland.

“We will also focus heavily on wine and hope to attract those who currently buy at supermarkets.

“Our service will be well informed, well priced and personal and we hope to bring in new customers as well as those who have perhaps abandoned Peckham’s.

“We will cater for every day items through to gourmet.”

The pair say they also plan for Peckham’s to re-enter the Edinburgh market and they are already on the hunt for suitable premises in the capital.