WHEN Barry Blanch clocks off this afternoon, he'll walk away from the job he's held for almost five decades.
Norco Rural Store Grafton manager Paul Langford reckons it will be hard to find someone to fill Mr Blanch's shoes.
"Barry is old school; he gets things done," Mr Langford said. "It's going to be real hard to replace him,"
In 1968 when Barry first started his career in sales and customer service, the Norco Rural Store in Grafton was known as McKimm's Rural Supplies.
Some may remember the mill which processed a wide range of stock feeds on site, supplying farms within the Clarence Valley and surrounds and employing about 20 people.
In 1981 the store was bought by PDS and, after a few years, the business changed hands again, this time acquired by Norco.
Soon after, the mill was pulled down to make way for a new store. Despite all these changes, Barry reckons the industry is still "more or less the same" as it's always been, with a few exceptions.
"Customers who I knew when they were kids are now coming in with their kids," he said.
"And cattle prices aren't as good - I guess that all comes down to supply and demand."
From tomorrow, Barry will have more time to go fishing but admits he hasn't made any special plans, aside from staying in bed a little longer on a cold winter's morning, and spending more time with his family.
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