A new Husqvarna sales and service store opened at Prouse Street Business Park in April 2022. Photo / Nikki Carroll
If you’ve recently driven down Prouse Street in Levin, you may have noticed a newly painted building with bright orange riding mowers parked out front.
Rowan Clarke, owner of property services business MowNua, saw the perfect opportunity to start a side business when he learned that a Horowhenua service agent for Husqvarna was closing earlier this year.
“I had a space in the Prouse Street business park that I had set up because one of the other tenants had closed their business in December,” Clarke said. “So I applied to become the new agent.
After buying out the former service agent’s customer database, Horowhenua Outdoor Machinery officially opened just before Easter, with Clarke running the shop, aided by her children after school and on Saturdays.
Clarke has also employed a mechanic to maintain outdoor machinery, hired a manager to take over the day-to-day running of MowNua, and his wife takes care of the administration of both businesses.
As well as being the primary sales and service agent for Husqvarna, the company will also bring in more brands of outdoor machinery over time, starting with Victor lawnmowers by the end of May.
“Masport and Morrison products will eventually arrive [into the shop] too, and we can [already] service all major brands of outdoor equipment,” said Clarke.
Horowhenua Outdoor Machinery stocks a huge range of equipment, from trimmers, mowers and leaf blowers to water jets, chainsaws and accessories.
The store was extremely busy last weekend, with the aftermath of the tornado that tore through Levin, and Clarke said they tried to complete chainsaw repairs on the same day this week so people could start shopping again. tidy up their properties as soon as possible. possible.
The Prouse Street Business Park still has room for other similar sole proprietorships or small businesses to consider, offering short or long term rental options.
If you have any outdoor machinery that needs servicing, would like to purchase more equipment or would like to discuss rental options available at the business park, you can call Rowan Clarke on 06 368 889 or enter the bright blue building at 13 Prouse Street. , Wine.