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  • Q&A with Retired Manager of Hockessin ACME

  • John Donahue steps down after 47-year career
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  • Have you ever met someone whose personality is infectious? Well that would be John Donahue, who retired from his ACME career after 47 years in the business. We talked for a few minutes after the grand-re-opening of the Hockessin store Jan. 18.
    Q What was your first job at ACME?
    A I was a cart boy; I was 15 years old.
    Q You recently retired in June of last year. What did you love about all your years at ACME?
    A I love people and I loved the customers. I lived here [Hockessin] and frequented the local establishments.
    Q What did you change about the Hockessin store when you became the store director 15 years ago?
    A There was an excellent management team when I came here, but I felt the atmosphere was cold. One morning I was waiting in line at The Perfect Cup and I was behind an irate customer, so I bought her a cup of coffee. I challenged the employees to be nicer to the customers. We can't control everything at the store, but we can control the atmosphere.

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