WR Twigg to close as owner retires
Nearly half a century ago, Royce Mackinder began working in a small engineering supply shop in New Plymouth.
Now, having graduated to ownership of the business over the years, he's ticking away the days remaining until he sells up and retires.
"I'm 64 years old and the next 10 will be the best time of my life. Any time after that is a bonus," he said.
For almost two decades, Mackinder has been the owner and operator of New Plymouth's WR Twigg Ltd - a position he jumped into after the company swapped ownership several times.
"I thought it was time to grab the reigns and take charge of our destiny."
"It was the best thing that's happened to me."
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He joined the company in 1968 and after a few years, moved up to sales.
"My boss told me, 'if you don't succeed on the street, don't expect to come back to the store.' It was more like a one-way promotion."
Now, 48 years later, it was time for Mackinder to step down and he said he was very picky about who to sell the branch to.
"We don't have a high profile. We don't advertise. We've always been small.
"Croucher & Crowder is similar and locally owned and that's important."
While Croucher & Crowder will take over the branch's business, it is closing the Gover St premises.
Mackinder said he won't rest until he knows his staff and customers are looked after.
"In order for me to move on, it's very important for me to know the supply will be available and there will be no disruption.
"I have excellent staff and loyal customers."
WR Twigg, founded in 1895, will have only two surviving locations once Mackinder's branch closes: Hawkes Bay and Wellington.
Although a part of the company for most of his life, Mackinder admits, "nothing lasts forever."
The New Plymouth store will officially close May 31, but Mackinder will continue working part-time for three months to help in the transition of stock and customers.
After those three months, he's got big plans.
"I'd like to get back into golf. I could be quite dangerous on a 24 handicap."
He plans on travelling more and seeing more of the South Island.
"I'm looking forward to doing what I want to do and not having to rush back on Sunday for work on Monday."
Most importantly, he's intending on spending more time with family.
"I've got five grandchildren and I intend to get to know them better."