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My first ever job
After being a weekend assistant I got the job of a trainee manager in 1970. Spent 6 months as a warehouse assistant then moved on for training in other branches then returned as Grocery Manager in 1976, then provisions manager, left to go to Wallingford in 1979 till 84 when I left the Partnership. Fond memories Charlie Davie was my first branch manager, one of the first things he ever said to me was “we don’t expect our customers to stand on their heads” as I was filling the shelves with upside down tins
This is interesting reading as my father worked for Findlaters for 50 years as a van boy, driver and transport manager. He worked at the depot off Albany Road, London and moved with them to Colliers Wood, London.
So saddened by the news of the closure of the Waterlooville branch this has literally been a lifesaver store to my disabled wife and I during the Covid19 crisis. The staff despite facing closure have been amazing, friendly, helpful and always manage a smile and reassuring comment for customers. This store will truly be missed by many, many customers. Thank you 🙏🏻 all staff at the store you are and have been real heroes during this difficult time for everyone.