Two decades of helping customers

With the job market constantly changing, it can be hard to find an employee who sticks with the same company for years, let alone decades. But that’s what Kroger has found with one employee.

Sheryl Fairbanks with two of her managers at Kroger at her "Welcome Back" party after the Special Olympics World Games
Sheryl Fairbanks with two of her managers at Kroger during a celebration her coworkers held when she returned from the Special Olympics World Games

Sheryl Fairbanks has worked at the grocery store chain for 24 years and takes the bus to work from her apartment. “It’s fun and I love my bosses,” she said.

Fairbanks works about 20 hours per week as a courtesy clerk at the Western Hills location. She bags groceries, helps customers take the bags to the car and does some light cleaning around the store.

Maria Blaes, one of Fairbanks’ managers, said she’s an excellent employee who is always smiling. “Sheryl is always friendly and helpful to customers,” Blaes said. “She does a good job.”

When she’s not working, Fairbanks often is playing sports. She loves volleyball, bowling and basketball (her favorite team is the University of Tennessee Volunteers woman’s team), and has competed in the Special Olympics for 35 years.

This summer, Fairbanks competed in bocce ball at the World Games in Los Angeles. She won the gold medal with Team USA and the silver medal in the singles match. Her fellow Kroger employees held a “Welcome Back” party in her honor when she returned from the World Games.

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