Piccadilly shop finalizes sale; printer to keep name, workers

Posted: December 4, 2012

The Winchester Star

The Piccadilly Printing Co. on East Piccadilly Street has been sold, but its name will remain the same. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — A familiar face from a staple downtown business is moving on.

John Morrison, who operated The Piccadilly Printing Co. for the past 28 years, finalized the sale of the business to a Shepherdstown, W.Va.-based office supply company Saturday.

Morrison, 71, said he’ll miss the job.

“I’ve spent a long time looking out across Piccadilly Street,” he said of his time at the shop, located at 32 E. Piccadilly.

But he thought it was the right time to exit, and liked the buying company Specialty Business Supplies Inc., which is co-owned by Winchester natives Dave Pyne and Steve Maclin and Hagerstown native Jeff Rogers.

The new owners are eager to continue the same quality and service that was expected when Morrison ran the business, Pyne said.

Most important to Morrison, the six employees who worked there under him are staying on under the new ownership and are keeping their same health insurance, he said.

The store’s name will remain unchanged.

Specialty Business Supplies, which now has about 24 employees between its Shepherdstown office, North Loudoun Street location and Piccadilly Printing, will look to add equipment to the store and possibly more staff, according to Pyne.

The company has provided print services for the past 25 years, and also maintains a couple of printing presses at NW Works on Shawnee Drive.

Morrison will remain involved in an advisory role as the transition moves forward.

He’ll also focus on fundraising efforts for the Laurel Center, which provides aid for abused women, and Lord Fairfax Community College.

Any extra time on his hands could be a boon for Democrats.

Morrison, the vice chair of the Winchester Democratic Committee, already plays an active role in organizing Democratic events in the area.

— Contact Conor Gallagher at cgallagher@winchesterstar.com