Brand new owners for long-running business

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Malcolm Mead, centre, hands over the reins to Tony Brand and his family Emma, left, Simon, Kerin, Chloe and Roger the dog. Photo: Supplied
Malcolm Mead, centre, hands over the reins to Tony Brand and his family Emma, left, Simon, Kerin, Chloe and Roger the dog. Photo: Supplied
After more than 30 years of holding the Husqvarna dealership for Rangiora, Malcolm Mead is hanging up his chainsaw.

Brand Mowers & Chainsaw took over the 275 Flaxton Road, Rangiora, site on Monday, September 2, marking the end of an era.

Tony and Kerin Brand have purchased the Husqvarna dealership in partnership with their son Simon and daughter-in-law Emma.

It is the second time Malcolm has sold a business to the Brands, after he sold Mead Engineering to Tony and Kerin in 2010, but this time Malcolm says ''it's time for retirement''.

''I know the business is passing into very capable hands, with Tony fully committed to providing a top service to all clients,'' Malcolm says.

''I wish Tony, Kerin, Simon and Emma the very best for the future.''

Malcolm started out with the Husqvarna dealership, and in engineering, in the 1980s with a workshop at Ashley. It was formerly the New Zealand Forest Service workshop (which Malcolm was in charge of) and its headquarters.

The Husqvarnas were sold and serviced from there.

He then opened a shop on High Street, Rangiora, and later at the site now occupied by PAK'n'SAVE.

Mead Mowers and Chainsaws moved to Flaxton Road 10 years ago.

''I wish to sincerely thank my clients and friends who have supported the business for more than three decades,'' Malcolm says.

He now plans to dedicate more time to fishing and playing golf.

Tony says: ''We are planning to continue the same quality of service and all staff have been retained to offer a full range of outdoor power equipment, sales, service and repairs, as have Malcolm and the team for the last 30 plus years.''

Tony and Kerin started Brand Logging 35 years ago and took over Brand Mechanical nine years ago. They are looking forward to the new challenge.

Brand Mowers & Chainsaws is also the agent for Masport and Karcher machinery, including water blasters, mowers, ride-ons and chainsaws.

A large workshop allows for repairs and servicing for all makes and models of outdoor equipment.

The new business also has a new email address: sales@brandmowers.co.nz.

The Brands wish Malcolm well in his retirement and would like to thank him for building two great North Canterbury businesses, employing 20 staff. Happy fishing Malc and hope you still call in for a cuppa and a yarn.

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