Jill marks mega mile­stone

Coles em­ployee cel­e­brates 35 years with su­per­mar­ket group

Penrith Press - - NEWS - Kurt Gar­doll

JILL McNee has hit a big mile­stone at Ne­pean Vil­lage Coles.

“I started at Ka­toomba for two years, then I moved here and I’ve been here for 33 years,’’ she said mod­estly of her 35-year work an­niver­sary.

Ms McNee moved to the Pen­rith store as one of its orig­i­nal staff mem­bers when it first opened its doors, hav­ing to wear a hard­hat to en­ter the store due to con­struc­tion in the cen­tre.

“When the store first opened, we had 32 check­outs and the store closed by 12pm on Satur­days. The young kids that I used to serve have now be­come par­ents and a lot of them know me by name,” Ms McNee said.

When she first started, the store was a Su­per-K, which was Kmart and Coles linked to­gether as one big mega­s­tore.

Ms McNee started at Su­per-K Ka­toomba when she was 18 and it has been her only job.

“I have lots of favourite cus­tomers. The peo­ple keep me com­ing back ev­ery day,” she told The Pen­rith Press.

Many mem­bers of the com­mu­nity know Ms McNee and look out for her in-store.

“I’ve un­for­tu­nately seen a lot of cus­tomers pass away, and then I’ve watched as their fam­ily grows up.”

She ded­i­cates her­self to the store for the com­mu­nity around her and the friends she works with.

Luck­ily for ev­ery­one, Ms McNee doesn’t have plans to re­tire any time soon.

“I just love it over­all, the team mem­bers and cus­tomers. It is just a re­ally good place to work.”

Two of her col­leagues are also cel­e­brat­ing im­por­tant work anniversaries: Mar­garet Jarvis is cel­e­brat­ing 30 years’ ser­vice this year and An­thony Cios­mak has been at the store for 25 years.

Col­lec­tively, they tally 90 years at Coles to­gether.

“We are all one big fam­ily here,” Ms McNee said.

I just love (my job) over­all. It is just a re­ally good place to work

Coles Pen­rith em­ployee Jill McNee is con­grat­u­lated on her 35 years of ded­i­cated ser­vice by her col­leagues. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

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