Time to hang up the apron

WHEN Anne Milen first started out at Cox Brothers in 1966, there was no such thing as a scanner, or pre-packaged goods.

"We had to weigh everything. Almost nothing came pre-packed, so we had to weigh everything from sugar to biscuits, and pack them ourselves," Ms Milen said.

"We also had to know what everything cost, hand-write orders and count out change. A lot has changed since then."

These are just a few of the many changes Ms Milen has been witness to in a career that has spanned nearly four decades.

After her 28-year stint at Cox Brothers in Toormina, the store made the transition over to Woolworths in 1994, where Ms Milen has remained as perishables manager.

That is until earlier this month, when Ms Milen hung up her apron for the last time, retiring after 38 years.

"My mother hasn't been well, and I'm the only family in the area, so I've decided to put family first," she said.

While happy with her decision to retire, Ms Milen admits there will be much to miss.

"I will miss the people. I have worked with some great staff and there are the customers that I have known since first starting in my early 20s," she said.

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