Folk of Tokoroa will be missed
He made a life in Tokoroa and now DC Auto Electrical owner John Pope will say goodbye to the town.
Pope and his wife Barbara have decided to shut up shop after 28 years in the business and retire to Tauranga.
Their business began when Pope, an auto electrician, was made redundant at Kinleith after 13 years of service.
He put almost every dollar of his redundancy pay into starting his new-found venture.
‘‘I bought a vacuum cleaner and a lawn mower and we put the rest into the building.’’
He was the new kid on the block down Boronia, with the street already well established, he said.
The building started with a ‘‘tiny’’ office and a workshop big enough to fit a truck or a couple of cars.
Over the years he slowly built the business up as well as his ‘‘loyal’’ customer base.
But what really kept him in town for so long were the people.
‘‘There’s a lot of people we will miss.
‘‘Tokoroa was a real eye-opener. There were so many ethnic groups here.’’
Pope said it’s changed his outlook
There’s certain things you do that build good rapport
John Pope DC Auto Electrical owner
on life as well as his four children who were all schooled in Tokoroa.
He had a real attachment to the town and its people, so much so he would help almost anyone out.
‘‘There’s certain things you do that build good rapport with people.’’
The relationship he’s built with the community wasn’t even tarnished when his shop was ‘‘ramraided’’ with $9000 worth of stock stolen.
‘‘We had to wait six weeks to get a decent door.’’
The closure meant the pair lost money but it was just part of the business game.
‘‘In business you’ve just got to accept these things.’’ And that’s exactly what he did. In final weeks leading up to closing, he’s said his last hurrah to the people who have been part of his life in Tokoroa.
And while he may not come back, he will never forget the town he is leaving behind.
John Pope says goodbye to Tokoroa after 28 years running DC Auto Electrical.