Skelly Insurance leaves JP

Rebeca Oliveira

JP Seafood Café may expand into space

Skelly Insurance Agency, Inc. is making a fresh start in 2011 after merging with Deland Gibson Insurance Associates, Inc. and moving its office to Wellesley. The insurance company’s last day at its 734 Centre St. office was Dec. 30.

JP Seafood Café, Skelly’s next-door neighbor, is in talks with the landlord to possibly take over the space.

Current Skelly customers should not be negatively affected, Skelly President Thomas Skelly told the Gazette. “The last few years, our clients have primarily contacted us via phone and email," he said.

“Now we have a claims department and more service representatives,” Skelly said. “If anything, service will be more efficient… Skelly’s and Deland Gibson’s] ideas about service and philosophy in treating clients and employees are the same.”

All of the JP employees have been moved to the Wellesley office. The line-up of services has also expanded to include life insurance, health insurance and benefits insurance for businesses.

“Our biggest disappointment is closing the JP operation,” Skelly said. “We really enjoyed the vibe in JP.”

This could herald good news for sushi lovers, however. Phil Paik, owner of JP Seafood Café, confirmed he is “interested in the space” for an expansion of the restaurant.

“We had a discussion with the landlord. It’s not totally official yet,” but Paik said he hopes to expand into the new space by the spring, if all goes well.

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