Businessmen hope new Lincoln seafood shop will reel the customers in

A new seafood shop run by a pair of businessmen from Grimsby is set to open in Lincoln city centre.

Kevin Gray and Mark Vandeville have snapped-up premises at the Whitefriars Business Park, off High Street, where they are launching the Lincoln Seafood Centre, on Tuesday, November 17.

Both have many years of experience as fish traders, sourcing stock from the Grimsby Fish Market and coastal companies and offering wholesale deliveries across the UK and overseas.

Kevin previously ran a fresh fish shop in Wembley, supplemented by three vans selling fresh fish door-to-door, while Mark spent many years deep sea fishing before moving into management at a larger wholesale fish processing company distributing all over Europe.

The majority of fish on sale at their new shop will be frozen, and will include anything from breaded fish fingers to smoked salmon.

Kevin said: “Lincoln has changed vastly in recent years and has a very diverse market.

“We felt there was a great opportunity to offer everyone from housewives to students a wide range of fish products at very competitive prices.

“We looked around for about a year before signing-up for this shop, after Harriet Hatcher at Banks Long & Co alerted us to the fact that it was vacant. Naturally it was attractive from a financial point of view.

“Ninety per-cent of what we will be selling will be quality frozen fish lines, but we will also be offering fresh fish. The nature of our business means that customers will enjoy a changing choice, according to what’s available.”

The move marks Banks Long & Co’s second successful letting at Whitefriars, following the Demon Barber of Lincoln, Phil Walters, moving into the unit next door in April 2015.

Banks Long & Co Surveyor Harriet Hatcher added: “We are pleased to have assisted Kevin and Mark with their search for premises in Lincoln.

“The Whitefriars Business Park is in a busy location and is ideally placed to attract passing trade.”