Maureen loves spending Christmas with her family – at home and at Asda Stanley

December 7, 2018

It's a real family Christmas at our Stanley store for our much-loved colleague Maureen Taylor … who’s been there since it opened 42 years ago and now works alongside three of her grandchildren!

Maureen Taylor works at Asda Stanley with three of her grandchildren

She didn’t even know that the three – Jack Hall (inset in the picture above) and twins Calvin and Matthew Taylor – had applied for jobs until they started. “It was a lovely surprise,” she said.

Maureen and her husband Ken have three children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She said: "We'll all be getting together for Christmas and it will be lovely to see everybody. We're quite a big family so Christmas can be quite expensive! But it's worth it.”

Maureen, who's 73 and works on the deli, said: "I'll keep working until I feel I can't – I don't see any reason to stop. It's a lovely atmosphere here – so friendly. You get to know people very well and we even swap Christmas cards with some customers."

Jack said: "I've been here for five years and it's great working with my nan, and Calvin and Matthew too. We get on and there's a great atmosphere in the store.

Asda Stanley colleagues Maureen and Jack at Christmas

"We'll all be getting together over Christmas – we've always been a close family."

Irene Stacey, who's 62, also joined the store when it opened in 1976.

Asda Stanley colleagues

She said: "The best thing about working here is the colleagues. Everybody looks out for each other – we're a very friendly bunch!

"You also get to recognise regular customers, particularly older customers who like a bit of a chat. Everyone really appreciates them and looks after them.

"I first started out on the furniture department when we had one of those and I've worked all over since, a bit of everything really!"

The store's community champion Marsha Spence said: "It's just amazing to have Maureen and Irene here. They're so well-respected because everyone knows they've been here since the start."