NIGEL Holloway celebrated 40 years of pushing trolleys for Sainsbury’s last week - and now he’s aiming to be the supermarket chain’s longest serving trolley pusher in the country.
The 58-year-old’s colleagues at the Horsham store marked the occasion with a cake baked by colleague Heather Lucas and gifts of champagne and chocolates.
Banners were also put up around the store and car park with ‘40 Years’ and ‘Congratulations’ on them.
Now his ambition is to reach 50 years’ service and he says as long as his health holds up it will be no problem.
Nigel has worked at three locations for Sainsbury’s but the last 15 years have been at Horsham’s Worthing Road store.
He started at the Purley Cross store in 1972 at the age of 18. For £13.75 a week he used to have to walk quite a way to collect trolleys that were scattered.
“In those days we didn’t have a car park so people used to take the trolleys home,” says Nigel.
“The way people shop now is so different. I remember fondly the days of Sunday and Monday closing, when the family used to spend happy days out at the coast.
“Changes in the way we work, too. Nowadays we have an electric trolley truck which helps a great deal when manoeuvring so many trolleys at a time.”
The most enjoyable part of the job for Nigel is meeting people.
He loves interacting with customers and colleagues and enjoys the fact they are from all walks of life.
Nigel is always looking at how things could be done more efficiently in store and last year he received a Shining Star Award from head office for a suggestion he made.
“It really was a proud moment for me,” he said.