A family gathering back in 2003 brought Auckland-based David and Colleen down to Central Otago – David’s childhood stomping ground. They could not ignore the pull of the landscape and, soon after, purchased a run-down heritage building in Ophir’s main street. The old general store then underwent a six-year restoration before opening for business in 2012. Colleen had experience in hospitality, while David – a lawyer, who commutes to Auckland during the week – now spends his weekends immersed in the business.
"When people ask David about his role at Pitches Store, he likes to tell them ‘I travel from Auckland to Ophir to wash dishes’. David grew up in Clyde and had an uncle in Ophir; some of his earliest memories are of the Ophir bridge. When we came down in 2003, it was a horrible, grey winter’s weekend – but it was that weekend that we fell in love with Central again and decided to buy and move here. The time since has just whizzed by."
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