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.