After 40 years in the industry, John Merrick says it’s time to let go and is stepping aside as manager of Timberworld Warkworth, and he is planning an active retirement.
As he puts it: “There’s a lot of golf and fishing to be done.”
But before he bows out, he would like to thank all the faithful customers he has dealt with over the years.
“They have been magnificent,” he says.
Customers will be reassured the new manager is already a familiar face to many.
Brett Hodgson has been with Timberworld for 10 years, much of it taking care of the store’s plumbing department.
He admits there will be a bit of a learning curve as he becomes more familiar with the full range of Timberworld building supplies, which includes cladding, concrete and masonry, framing and hardware.
But he has no apprehensions about his new role, given Timberworld’s capable and supportive staff.
“It’s a great environment to work. The staff are a lot of fun. It’s like having a second family,” he says.
He adds that exciting developments mean it’s a good time to be at Timberworld. The company is building a new branch in Mangawhai and the recently installed pre-nail and truss plant at Warkworth has been enthusiastically received by customers.
The plant has been busy turning out mainly house frames and trusses. It has given the Warkworth store full control over the timing of manufacture so it can ensure prompt delivery.
Brett says his number one priority as manager will be to continue to build good relationships with customers.
He adds that Timberworld has always been supportive of the local community
“It’s a tradition I look forward to continuing,” he says.