There from the beginning

There from the beginning

There are 68 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 7, 2010, titled There from the beginning. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Back in 1962, a nervous 18-year-old named Audrey Anne Russell had a job interview at a new discount store in Roseville.

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“Here I come to save the Day!”

Since: Jan 09

Gothem city

#1 May 7, 2010
Great story! I miss the days when a retail sales person could raise a family on their wages. It must be hard for her to leave! Target should do something great to promote her longevity. A 401k and pension to me do not seem adequate for such a feat. I have a feeling she understands very clearly what excellent customer service is. Congrats to her and I wish Target and others had more long time people like her.
Sugaree

Minneapolis, MN

#2 May 8, 2010
excellent story. we do have some great business success stories here in Minnesota. it says a lot about the local culture, the work ethic, our stable communities, the unique richness of the land - all things that MUST be preserved.
Former Target Employee

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 8, 2010
In the good old days working at a Target Store was fun. My co-workers were like a family.

On the occasional times I stop there now, the fun seems to be gone for the sake of mass marketing.
The employees all have to listen to walkie-talkies hanging from their belts barking constant orders.

We used to have health insurance and some benefits. Not so anymore.

Target has grown to be too much like Walmart.
Success at the cost of people. This is not sucess for Minnesota.
Ex Employee

Minneapolis, MN

#4 May 8, 2010
The roseville Target store is great... I worked at the store in shoreview and the new team leads they ahve there are crappy, could not manage them selfs let alone a department (the blond dumb one leads the pack in cluelessness & crappy attitude) good luck to Tarmart or Walget....
USA born

Saint Paul, MN

#5 May 8, 2010
What is a matter with you Target CORPORATION, no big check or a new car for 48 years of loyal service.(The longest - serving employee at TARGET)
Will the CEO be there?

Since: Feb 08

Baldwin City, KS

#6 May 8, 2010
RE: "no big check or a new car for 48 years of loyal service"

What do you get for paying 48 years of union dues?
Graham Cracker

Rochester, MN

#7 May 8, 2010
48 years...wow!(I once waited in a long line at a Target and it felt like 48 years).

But seriously, they really should do something special for her retirement. How about a thousand dollars for every year served? C'mon Target,$48,000 is peanuts to a big corporation like yours. Everybody would win. The lady would get some nice compensation for her loyalty and longevity and your company would get a ton of positive marketing and goodwill.
anonyomous

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 8, 2010
Congratulations Audrey Russell on your decades of service. May you have a long and happy retirement.
Mark

Janesville, WI

#9 May 8, 2010
Great story! Congratulations, Audrey Anne. Well done. I've always been proud that Target is a MN-founded company, and continue to do business there.
T1 and T160

AOL

#10 May 8, 2010
Best of luck to Audrey.

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

#11 May 8, 2010
My first full time job was at the GEM Store on Hwy 36 & 61 in 1962. Our biggest competitors back then were Target, Shopper's City/Zayre's, Atlantic Mills and one or two others who I can't think of right now.

WalMart did not come into the Twin Cities until the 90's.

All those early ones are gone except Target.
I guess their business model worked better than those others.
here we go

Saint Paul, MN

#12 May 8, 2010
Fun story to read. It didn't occur to me that Roseville Target was the oldest. I would have thought North St. Paul was. But to be there from the beginning! Wow! Best wishes in a well deserved retirement!

PS. Do you lose your discount?:)))))
Like it

Minneapolis, MN

#13 May 8, 2010
I've always liked Target. Great concept.
Except what's with the people they put in charge of the changing rooms? Can't get those people to even crack a smile!
HOSE

Saint Paul, MN

#14 May 8, 2010
CONGRATULATIONS, Ms. Audrey,
Now go and enjoy retirement, Lady,
cause you certainly deserve it, and much much more, after
giving more than half your life to Target. YIKES!!!!!
Hugs,
Hose
cheapersmokes

Minneapolis, MN

#16 May 8, 2010
[QUOTE ho="Da Crusher_RIP"]My first full time job was at the GEM Store on Hwy 36 & 61 in 1962. Our biggest competitors back then were Target, Shopper's City/Zayre's, Atlantic Mills and one or two others who I can't think of right now.
WalMart did not come into the Twin Cities until the 90's.
All those early ones are gone except Target.
I guess their business model worked better than those others.[/QUOTE]
I remember going to a GEM store in Bloomington as a little kid. I also remember that the goods seemed to be stacked on the floor and the clerks didn't seem very happy either.
babybluebiker

Washington, DC

#17 May 8, 2010
Having lived in Roseville all my 51 years of my life, it is nice to hear of a person who takes pride in her work, and a nice piece of history about the Target store.
Sandy

Saint Paul, MN

#18 May 8, 2010
steve baker wrote:
RE: "no big check or a new car for 48 years of loyal service"
What do you get for paying 48 years of union dues?
For 48 years of union dues you will probably get a very good pension and and opportunity to continue your good union negotiated health insurance in your retirement.

Those are HUGE BENEFITS lasting the rest of your life.
Leave your job if you'd rather not have these.
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#19 May 8, 2010
Grandmaster G wrote:
Great story! I miss the days when a retail sales person could raise a family on their wages. It must be hard for her to leave! Target should do something great to promote her longevity. A 401k and pension to me do not seem adequate for such a feat. I have a feeling she understands very clearly what excellent customer service is. Congrats to her and I wish Target and others had more long time people like her.
Except that she didn't raise her family on her retail sales wages, she has a husband that works too. Back then, if the husband had a better paying job than retail, the wife didn't have to work. Things haven't really changed that much at all in the retail/wages world.
Sandy

Saint Paul, MN

#20 May 8, 2010
Sorry my typo.
Should read "an opportunity."
bill

Laurel, MD

#21 May 8, 2010
Very rare to find someone who worked for one company their whole career. Nice story. As a former Target employee at that store, T-1 as it was known, interesting things I never knew. Target may lack in the pay and benefits to Walmart (I have worked there also), there is a reason people stay. Target has a great climate in the stores, too bad the corp. politically correct crap runs the company.

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