AUGUSTA – It was an emotional day for former workers of the Sears at Turnpike Mall in Augusta.
The store is closing, and many of the original employees got together for what they called a wake Thursday. They started with a walk around the store, and then gathered to reminisce.
Most of the memories are fond ones.
Former employee Cal Brown said “That was the best part of working here was the friends, the people, the people that i worked with. It was better than family.”
Another employee Reynold Vigue added “Yeah, it bothers me. Made a lot of lifetime friendships here and I love the company.”
“It’s kind of heartbreaking, it was a really fun place to work. We worked in automotive.” stated former employee Marlene Sullivan.
The Augusta Sears store has been around for fifty years.
There are widespread concerns that Sears is headed toward bankruptcy, but the company said that decision is not imminent.