June Groves celebrates 50 years since first day at Coles
ON THE same day pounds, shillings and pence were replaced by Australian dollars and cents, June Groves began what would become a 50-year long career with Coles.
Since February 14, 1966, Mrs Groves has made her mark at various Coles stores in Brisbane and from 1982, she's had her feet firmly planted at the Gatton store.
Last Friday, she celebrated her half-a-centuary milestone with friends, family along with past and present colleagues at St Albans Anglican Church.
June was just 20 when she began working at Coles and was originally hired to be a checkout-chic at a new store in Aspley.
But when it opened she was given the opportunity for an office role, and has stayed there ever since.
Coles has been a true family affair for Mrs Groves, having worked for a number of years alongside her twin sister Jan, who has only just retired with more than four decades under her belt.
Mrs Grove's brother, two daughters and nephews have also worked for the supermarket during their high school years.
Throughout the years Mrs Groves has seen many changes.
"There's much more variety these days and people tend to shop for convenience because they're so time poor," she said.
She's come from the days when each item had to be "ticketed" and manually entered into the till to scanning items at the checkout.
Living in the Lockyer Valley, Mrs Groves said it was great to see plenty of local products on the shelves in the supermarket.
"From a local perspective, it's great to see a lot of our fruit and veg coming from suppliers in the Gatton area," she said.
"It's good for the town and it's fantastic to see our produce looking so fresh."
Mrs Groves said over the years, she's worked with numerous people and has thoroughly enjoyed it.
"I enjoy the team because I've worked with them for a long time," she said.
"I never thought I would reach 25 years, let alone 50 years."
When asked about retirement, Mrs Grove said it would eventually happen.
"I'll have to retire at some stage, but I'm not looking to at the moment," she said.