Hatteberg's People - Darwin Seal

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

On Hatteberg's People, we're around people all day and many we take for granted. This is about those little moments. Darwin Seal has been doing the same job, working for the same grocery store for nearly 50 years. Customers love him and in a small town he knows everyone and they know him. But soon, retirement will change all that.

Even before the birds are up, Darwin Seal is already at work at the Wellington Dillons store.

"Darwin is one of our best ambassadors in any store I've ever worked in," said store manager Dennis Eltson. "He has the gift of not only making people feel comfortable... He always made it a point to speak to each and every one of them."

Seal began working at Dillons in 1962 while he was still in high school. The store, built for $200,000, had just opened its doors.

"I was a sophomore in high school," said Seal. "I needed a job for one thing and they had advertised in the paper that they were going to open a new store, so I just went and applied for the job."

Seal's nearly 50-year run will come to an end next month. He has decided to retire and that is a life-changing decision for him.

"I've been so used to getting up and going somewhere in the morning to work here, so it's going to be different," said Seal.

Seal is the third longest serving employee in Dillons' history.

"It's the only job I ever had so I just stuck with it."

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