PETER Anderson wasn’t sure what his next move would be when the time came to close the doors at Anderson’s Retravision in 2012.
Too young to retire and in need of a new challenge, Peter was determined his future would still be linked to Rochester.
So he jumped at the opportunity when offered the job as an advertising consultant at the Campaspe News.
Now, after six years as the face of the paper, the 67-year-old is handing in his laptop to spend more time with his golf clubs — or what will be, as he put it, “the toughest job I will have tried, but someone’s got to do it”.
Officially Peter will retire in May, giving him more time to improve his handicap (which he conceded was significant on many levels), help at the golf club, work in the garden and spend more time with Judy, his wife of 40 years.
Rochy born and bred, Peter took over Andersons’ Electrical Service with his cousin Glenn in 1986.
“While I was travelling in England with Judy, my father wrote to me asking if I would like to come back and work in the family business,” Peter said.
“Things were going well in Rochester at that time and it seemed like a great idea to be part of the family business.”
Peter took over the retail side of the enterprise until the Retravision buying group went out of business, forcing the closure of the Rochester store.
“It was sad to see it go but it wasn’t viable to keep the doors open,” Peter said.
“Which left me wondering what my next move was when I received a visit from McPherson Media Group, which offered me the job selling advertising in Rochy and Heathcote.”
Peter said he didn’t hesitate to sign on with McPherson because it was a family-owned business.
“I love family businesses. They have a personal touch and that’s exactly what I’ve felt in my time here,” he said.
“I was worried I was going to have to travel to find another job but I was fortunate to fall into this one. And through it all the people of Rochester have been great to me. I couldn’t have asked for a more warm and welcoming community to be a part of.
“I won’t be going anywhere, though. I’ll still be around town and always up for a chat.”
If anyone feels they can fill Peter’s shoes we will be advertising the role soon.