A SAINSBURY’S worker celebrated 30 years of employment at the store last week.
Karen Bartholomew enjoyed a special presentation in front of her colleagues after reaching the special anniversary of working at the store – where she met her husband.
They are now married with two sons and she has reverted back to working part time.
Karen started in January of 1981 when she was just 16 in the Watford branch. She worked there part time for three years while also continuing to do her school work.
In 1988 she moved to Milton Keynes and started working full time for the Milton Keynes Branch in Avebury Boulevard when it first opened.
The branch – and Karen with it – has now moved to a bigger store opposite The Hub:MK.
Karen said: “A lot of things have moved on in since I first started 30 years ago. The uniforms and the opening hours are the two biggest ones.
“Supermarkets used to close at 4pm on a Saturday and be closed all day Sunday. And they certainly didn’t work Bank Holidays.
“Also the stores have got so much bigger in size, and things have moved away from the conventional paper side of things and we rely more heavily on the computer side of things now.”
Store manager, Nick Wynne, said: “What an amazing story, not many people these days work for a company for such a long time.
“Karen is a joy to work with and she always has a smile on her face. Well done Karen.”