We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Think Water Manawatu into the Think Water Family.
Four years ago Pita Tua-Davidson and Sophie Arends started TD Engineering and Water Solutions to service a range of rural customers with a need for general water and engineering solutions. The business is located in Palmerston North on the southern fringe of the Manawatu district. Before starting the business Pita was employed as part of the maintenance team that kept the 55 wind turbines in the area operating.
With a view to expanding their business, Pita and Sophie mentioned their plans to a sales representative from Davey Pumps, a Think Water Preferred Supplier. Who then suggested they speak to Think Water. After a visit from the Think Water NSO team, they decided to join the franchise and reap the benefits gained from being part of the group.
Finding and preparing a building on the main industrial street during a busy Manawatu summer was a challenge in time management, however, the outcome was worth it. They renovated an old Hydraulink Service Centre into a stylish Think Water retail store with a contractor’s fitting warehouse and engineering shop attached. On Friday the 9th of February Think Water Manawatu was officially opened at 733 Tremaine Street, Palmerston North.
The team took a hands-on approach to build many of the showroom’s features including the timber counter and working pump display. The outcome is a spectacular and crisp retail experience for customers looking for advice from the Think Water Manawatu team. The Open Day was a huge success with Think Water Preferred Suppliers attending and continuing the strong support they have given this new store from the start.
Sophie says, “The whole experience of becoming part of the Think Water group has been fantastic. The Preferred Suppliers have been extremely supportive of our joining the group and developing our business to this next level. The Think Water NSO team has been an important part of our transition to where our business is today.”
The location of Pita and Sophie’s store, on the main commercial street of Palmerston North, is a critical part of bringing in new business, resulting in several sales from drive-by traffic in their first few days.
Think Water GM Tony France comments “Location is a critical part of any retail store’s success and the team at Manawatu have nailed it with their location. The original building needed some serious attention and our newest team has performed an awesome transformation, with a showroom that will have customers coming back for more. The engineering knowledge and drive of the team at the Manawatu store have impressed many of our Preferred Suppliers and the rest of the Think Water group. Their opening day was a huge success with plenty of customers visiting to talk to the Manawatu team and supporting suppliers. Congratulations to the team Think Water Manawatu, you have built a great start to your new business.”