A fond farewell to ex-trolley boy who rose to be manager

Jim Lavin

Jim Lavin

A man who went from supermarket trolley boy to store manager has retired after a 43-year career.

Jim Lavin, who managed Harborough’s Sainsbury’s store from 1993 to 1999 before returning in 2010, retired just before Christmas.

He started as a trolley boy at the Sainsbury’s in Humberstone Gate, Leicester, on October 20, 1970, working his way up over the next 20 years until he was made store manager in 1990.

He was appointed as the new store manager of the Harborough supermarket when it opened at St Mary’s Place on October 19, 1993, and stayed for six years before taking up the same position in Wellingborough until he returned to Harborough in 2010.

The store held a party for Jim in November, when he said he was looking forward to spending his first Christmas at home in 43 years.

He added: “I would like to thank all my fellow colleagues, the wonderful customers of Market Harborough and my family.”




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