'Mother figure' Ann celebrates 45 years' service with Asda

October 2, 2020

Our much-loved colleague Ann Vose first started work at Asda in 1975 – and 45 years later she says she loves her job at our Rawtenstall store just as much as she did back then.

Ann, who's 70, has also worked at our Rochdale and Pilsworth stores over the years.

She said: "Asda is just my life. I love the people - the customers and the colleagues. I've never got bored working in Asda as there's always something going on. I've just loved it since the day I walked in ... and nothing's changed. I'm proud to work for Asda, always have been."

She started out as a checkouts colleague at our Rochdale store in 1975 as she needed a new career direction. She said: "I went into the store to enquire if there was any vacancies, because at the time I was a machinist and I couldn't sew a button on anything never mind work a machine! I thought I needed something different really.

"I was seen straight away by the personnel manager and got the job ... and I've never looked back."

Ann, who's been married to Tony for more than 50 years, spent 10 years at Rochdale before moving to our Accrington store to be customer services manager.

She spent two years there before heading to our Pilsworth store, again as customer service manager. After 12 years, Ann took up a similar role at Rawtenstall until 2013, after which she moved to George as a section leader.

Ann likes to go walking, cycling and swimming in her spare time as well as spending time with her five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

"I've made lots of friends working at Asda," she said. "I still go out with the girls from Pilsworth. People from Accrington come in here for their shopping and always give me a shout and my best friend is someone from the Rochdale store."

Billiejo Hirst, our Rawtenstall store's George and GM manager, says Ann is an "amazing lady" who's a credit to Asda.

She said: "I'd like to say that she's my second mum! I went through a really tough time when my dad got terminal cancer and you know what, no matter day or night, she was at the end of the phone. She is amazing. I've not got enough words for her.

"She is so passionate and wants to do a good job. She's a very hand-on colleague. Everyone on my team here looks up to her as a mother figure!"

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