WHEN Forrestfield resident Colleen Prosser started working for Coles 35 years ago, the supermarket had just introduced the first electronic scanner into its stores.
Now the 57-year-old Forrestfield team member is excited to celebrate her 35-year service anniversary with Coles and says she remembers the first day working for Coles in the meatpacking department.
“During my time with Coles I have always worked in the butcher department, although my jobs have varied from being head meat packer to keeping the shelves filled with fresh stock,” she said.
“I love working in the meat section, it’s a true passion of mine.
“I also like to think of it as a great workout and a chance for me to stay fit and healthy.”
Reflecting on the past three and a half decades she was excited to welcome in a new era for Coles at Forrestfield after the store reopened to the public as an enhanced supermarket this month.
“I remember when I joined the team at Coles Forrestfield many years ago.
“I’ve seen this store undergo some massive changes over the years so this is a new and exciting chapter for me, as well as the store.”
The new look store offers customers a contemporary format with more new products, an open fresh produce section displaying an impressive range of fruit and vegetables on ice, a continental deli with a self-service international cheese bar, an in-house bakery as well as a Scoop and Weigh cabinet filled with a huge selection of nuts and dried fruit mixes.
“I love my customers and of course I have my regulars.
“Even something as simple as helping them choose what meat they are having for dinner can make my day, so I am really looking forward to offering them an exciting new shopping experience at Coles Forrestfield.”
When not working at Coles Forrestfield she is ether at the gym or spending quality time with her two children.
“In the past, Coles always gave me the flexibility to drop my kids off at school and now, many years later I am still given flexibility so I can look after my grandchildren, come to work and still have time to fit in some exercise.”
She said it was this flexibility, along with the people part of the job that had kept her at Coles for so long.
“Coles is one of the pieces of my life that helps keep everything together and balanced – I wouldn’t know what to do without it.’’