Historical photo of The Wine Centre
E.J. Nevard’s grocer shop, which would become a wine merchant in 1963.

A Little History

The shop changed from a Grocer to a Wine Shop on July 8th, 1963, named Peatling & Cawdron Wine Merchants (later re-named  Thomas Peatling). Owned by local brewery Greene King, it was managed by husband and wife team Brian and Maudi Hardwick who lived on the premises until April 1999 when it was purchased by current owner, Anthony Borges. In 2005 Anthony married Janet who had been Operations Director at Colchester`s Williams and Griffin department store. She now joined Anthony at The Wine Centre, bringing with her life-long friend and W&G buyer at the time, Merrill Harrington. Between them they brought to The Wine Centre a wealth of retail experience and style, helping transform what was a traditional wine shop into a contemporary retail destination. The rest, as they say, is history…