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By Dan Rudy 

Grocery store bids farewell to long-serving manager

 

October 19, 2017

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Retired manager Chet Powell, City Market owner Benn Curtis, and new manager Jay Hepner pause together from dispensing cake at a farewell event on Saturday. After nearly 50 years, the manager decided to retire in July, and wanted to say thank you to his customers from many years.

A local grocery store bid official farewell to its manager of nearly 50 years.

Since March of 1968, Chet Powell made sure the shelves at Wrangell's City Market were properly stocked and its employees kept busy helping customers. Originally from Springdale, Arkansas, Powell first got into the grocery business at the age of 14, coming to work for his uncle, William Norton, at his market in the Seattle area.

"He was the one that taught me the grocery business," Powell recalled, getting his start first as an errand boy, then moving up into produce before getting into management. "Eventually I b...



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