Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - RESIDENTIAL -

THE na­tional av­er­age for time spent in a job is about three years, but Leonie Sav­ill is buck­ing that trend in For­rest­field by cel­e­brat­ing 25 years with a su­per­mar­ket chain.

Start­ing out in the pro­duce depart­ment on her first day, her part­time job soon sprouted into a long ca­reer with Coles.

Ms Sav­ill has man­aged the depart­ment at the Mundaring, High Wy­combe, Kala­munda and For­rest­field stores.

She said over the years the com­pany had re­duced waste by in­tro­duc­ing more qual­ity con­trols.

A ca­reer high­light was at the Mundaring store in 2010.

“The store was awarded as the best fresh pro­duce metropoli­tan su­per­mar­ket at the WA Fresh Pro­duce Re­tailer of the Year Awards,” she said.

“It was great to be recog­nised for our ef­forts.”

She had also no­ticed change.

“When I first started in the pro­duce depart­ment we used to hand­write ev­ery sign and price on lit­tle chalk­boards,” she said.

“Now we use print­ers, which are won­der­ful and make our job eas­ier and quicker.

“Ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent and it’s never bor­ing. The best part of my job is in­ter­act­ing with cus­tomers. It’s so re­ward­ing to chat to the reg­u­lars, who I know by name.

“Dur­ing the school hol­i­days, it’s re­ally nice meet­ing their grand­kids.”

Now work­ing part­time at the For­rest­field store, Ms Sav­ill has en­joyed step­ping back from man­age­ment to en­joy her 12 grand­chil­dren and more time in Bali, her sec­ond home.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d473970

Leonie Sav­ill

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