Peter Wagg opened his first store in Camden in 1977 and later a store in Marylebone, both specialist newsagents, that quickly established a reputation for superior service and the widest possible range of newspapers and magazines.
Having read an article in the London Evening Standard about the proposed development in Docklands Peter approached the Canadian developers, Olympia & York, and at 6.30am on 1st October 1991 NEWS on the WHARF became the first retail store to open at Canary Wharf. Hailed as a ‘white elephant development’ trading in the early years was difficult especially during the years when the estate was in administration with just a handful of office tenants and very few customers.
However, as Canary Wharf grew so did the number of NEWS on the WHARF stores and Peter’s expertise within the publishing industry was recognised as his stores won numerous awards for service, innovation and IT development.
Peter has been a leading light in the publishing industry for over 30 years and has served on numerous national and industry regulatory bodies including; Founding Chairman of Homelink, a national network of delivering newsagents, President of the NFRN, the Newsagents Federation, Chairman of JIG, the newspaper and magazine industry regulatory group and he was the first retailer to receive the lifetime achievement award of the Publisher’s Association.
Peter is also a board member of the Association of News Retailers and Chairman of NFRN Mutual Insurance Ltd., but above all else he remains a newsagent committed to providing the best possible service and widest possible choice for the entire Canary Wharf community.