Co-op staff praised for going the extra mile

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WHILE some employers have been blasted for their bah humbug attitude during the bad weather, the Co-operative retail society have been saluting their superstar staff, writes Fiona Scott.

And several Borders employees were included when the group gave top marks for initiative and dedication during the cold spell earlier this month.

David Thomas, who lives in the countryside, was the only supervisor able to make it into the Melrose store and ended up staying with a friend in Galashiels for eight days to make sure he could keep the store trading. During this time, David, who also had cracked ribs, kept going, opening and closing the store, and even had to go shopping at Matalan to stock up on new shirts!

He was joined by Duncan Cameron, who was unable to make it to work at the Jedburgh store, so instead walked four miles to help out at Melrose.

Julie Johnstone and Linda Corcoran walked more than two miles every day, for six days, along the A68 to make sure they joined the team that kept the Newtown St Boswells store open.

Only the colleagues that lived near to the St Boswells store could get to work, and so they shared all the hours between them to keep it open.

Tanya Collie also assumed the store manager’s role to keep it trading, and helped manually unload deliveries off a wagon, while her partner cleared the snow from the front entrance. Tanya then hand-delivered shopping to local elderly residents.

Customer services advisor Sandra Thomson also walked two miles along the main A68 road to get to the store.

Co-operative Group chief executive Peter Marks said: “Staff at our stores and in our distribution network across the country went the extra mile to serve their local communities in extremely difficult conditions and are a credit to themselves and the group.

“Many worked extra hours or walked miles through thick snow to get to work and help with the demand the cold snap brought with it. The team spirit has been superb and our customers have been expressing their thanks. I would like to add my thanks to everyone for their exceptional effort.”