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Longtime Winder grocery store clerk retires

POSTED: June 2, 2014 9:40 a.m.
Zac Taylor/Barrow County News

Mauldin checks out a customer Friday in Publix at the start of her last day on the job after working 20 years at the Winder Crossings grocery store.

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Jane Mauldin has always had a pretty good idea of whether the person she’s checking out at Publix is from Winder or not.

How so?

"Because I know everyone in Winder," she laughed.

And pretty much everyone in Winder knows her, which is why her retirement is so bittersweet.

"It’s the customers," she responded as to why she’s been at the grocery store so long. "I truly love the customers."

Friday was Mauldin’s last day as a cashier at the Winder Publix, 20 years after her first day, and a little more than 20 years after she left the Winder Ingles, where she had worked the 16 years prior.

In all, she worked in Winder grocery stores for 43 years.

She said she actually considered retiring after leaving the city’s other big grocery store, but decided against it because she simply loved seeing everyone.

"When I left Ingles I planned on retiring soon," she said, "but the years fly by."

So the years flew by and she became one of those longtime Winder residents that truly does seem to be known by everyone. And liked by everyone.

"She’s the best cashier ever," said one of her supervisors, Jane Begay. "Everyone wants to come to her lane, even when there’s a line; she’s a sweetheart."

It’s been a good situation, because Mauldin’s favorite part of her time at the store has been talking with everyone, getting to know everyone.

"That’s what always made it so much fun," she said. "You get to talk to customers every day."

It’s helped her through struggles as well. She said 16 years ago she had to have a bone marrow transplant, and seeing all of the customers was one of the best ways she was able to recover.

"They just keep you going," she said.

She’s leaving because she said she wanted to spend more time with grandchildren and maybe even do some traveling, but she’s not planning on disappearing in any respect.

In other words, she’ll still be around town, including at the grocery stores.

"I appreciate having the chance to serve them," she said, "and I hope to see them again."

 

 

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