Piccadilly Printing buys Impressions’ client list

Posted: February 19, 2013

The Winchester Star

Kendra Tolly (left), account manager, and Samantha Bennett, customer accounts, pose in front of the Piccadilly Printing Co. on Piccadilly Street in Winchester on Monday. The two have been hired to work at Piccadilly Printing from Impressions Plus, which is still open but has stopped taking new orders. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Change continues to come to the city’s printing businesses.

Piccadilly Printing Co. has purchased the client list from Impressions Plus Printing and Copying, 111 Featherbed Lane, which accepted its last customer orders Friday.

“Customers should not see an interruption in service,” said Dave Pyne, co-owner of Piccadilly Printing, 32 E. Piccadilly St.

Pyne said that Piccadilly Printing is adding equipment so that it will be able to offer the same services as Impressions Plus, and is confident customers will be satisfied.

Impressions Plus owner Todd Thompson said his business would typically serve 500 to 700 customers over a two-year period.

“I think it’s good news for the customers and some of the employees,” he said.

Piccadilly Printing will also be taking two full-time employees — and possibly two part-timers — from Impressions Plus to meet the anticipated higher demand, Pyne said.

The office space at Impressions Plus will remain closed, but its website and phone number will remain and be serviced by Piccadilly Printing — which has also undergone recent changes.

At the beginning of December, Piccadilly Printing was purchased by Specialty Business Supplies Inc., which is co-owned by Winchester natives Pyne and Steve Maclin and Hagerstown native Jeff Rogers.

Specialty Business Supplies kept the six employees who had previously worked at Piccadilly Printing under John Morrison, who had operated it for 28 years.

In late January, Thompson announced plans for Impressions Plus to close. The company’s profits have consistently been eaten away by technological advances in recent years, he said, which have made printing operations more widely accessible to everyone.

Thompson is listening to offers to purchase the property that has housed Impressions Plus — which is approximately 18,000 square feet. In March, he plans to hold an online auction for Impressions Plus equipment.

— Contact Conor Gallagher at cgallagher@winchesterstar.com