Coles rewards 35-year loyalty of a great worker
WHEN Irene Amos started working at Coles Grafton Mall, flared jeans and corduroy were the height of fashion.
It was September 1979 and Malcolm Fraser was Australia's PM.
Sony released their personal music device, "The Walkman", and Pink Floyd released "The Wall."
On the cinema screen movies like Superman and Alien were showing around the world.
This week Irene celebrated her 35th anniversary at Coles, receiving a certificate which recognises her as the Grafton store's longest serving employee.
Starting as a casual night filler, restocking the shelves after hours, she worked in that role for more than 10 years while her two children were at school.
Later she switched to part-time and started working in groceries creating displays and special fit outs.
After spending a few years working on the checkouts, Irene went back to groceries where she still works today.
In all that time, she's never wanted to be anywhere else.
"I love the company and the customers. I have made so many friends in that shop," Mrs Amos said.
"I have great workmates, some of them have been there for many years.
"And my customers are lovely. I think if you can take a little time to listen and show you care, you build up wonderful relationships with people over the years."
Coles Grafton store manager Frank McDermott said Irene Amos was a well respected and loved team member.
"She's just a joy to work with," he said.