Sale leaves 94-year-old Schnucks worker without job - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Sale leaves 94-year-old Schnucks worker without job

(WMC-TV) - With Kroger buying out and closing some Schnucks grocery stores in the Memphis area, hundreds are losing their jobs including a 94-year-old employee who's worked at the same store for decades.

Martha McAnespie is older than most grocery chains, has outlived nearly all of her friends and recently lost her grandson to heart failure. And although she'll soon lose her job at the Schnucks Market, she says she'll never lose her love for people.

McAnespie says she's known everywhere as the "Schnucks Lady."

"I've been here so long I'm just a fixture," she said. "Everyone knows me and I speak to everybody."

Mrs. Martha, as she likes to be called, is the very definition of customer service.

She works as a greeter and passes out food samples at the Schnucks on Quince Road and Ridgeway.

Just last week, she learned the Kroger grocery chain bought out 12 Mid-South Schnuck's Markets. Eight Schnucks stores will convert and re-open under the Kroger name. The remaining three stores will close permanently.

Mrs. Martha's store is among those.

"I wasn't ready to leave just yet," she said. "I've been thinking about retiring, but every time... I change my mind and I wasn't going to retire in 30 days that's for sure."

She has worked at this same Schnucks for 26 years and says the buyout won't change her love for the people

"I've seen people bring in these tall, handsome boys that I have watched since they were in carryalls."

She says customers are already giving her their contact information because, although they're losing their grocery store, they don't want to lose Mrs. Martha.

The Kroger Company plans to hire most of the soon-to-be unemployed Schnucks workers.

Mrs. Martha says she may attend, but her family hopes she'll stay in retirement and enjoy her newfound fame.

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