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Two Beverly IGA workers retire after a combined 90 years at the store

Photo by Michele Newbanks Diane Moore wraps meat Friday, her last day at Sponey's IGA in Beverly.

BEVERLY – Two long-time employees retired Friday from Sponey’s IGA in Beverly after a combined 90 years with the store.

Diane Moore began on Sept. 11, 1973, while Melody Tucker began working there Dec. 23, 1976.

Moore, 65, of Waterford, started as a cashier and worked her way to the meat department.

She said she started working there because it was close to home.

“I could get my kids back and forth to school,” she said

Photo by Michele Newbanks Melody Tucker rings up a loaf of bread for co-worker Bruce Burns on Friday, her last day at Sponey's IGA in Beverly.

Tucker, 63, of Beverly, went to work at Sponey’s for the same reasons. She was cashier and worked in frozen foods.

“I had two sons who went to Waterford High. It was close to work,” she explained. “My sister-in-law asked if I could come in and help as it was Christmastime, and I never left.”

Over the years, they went through three or four store renovations and multiple generations of the owners, the Spindlers.

“We both worked here through four generations of Spindlers,” Moore said. “Now it’s Matt and Brian.”

As for what they’ll do with extra time on their hands, they have plans with their grandchildren.

Moore said she has three grandchildren and would like to go to different festivals with them…once festivals are held again.

“I tell people I’ll do anything I want,” Tucker said with a laugh. “I have five grandchildren and I want to spend lots of time with them.”

Co-owner Matt Spindler said the women were wonderful employees.

“I couldn’t ask for more reliable or harder workers,” he said. “They’ve shown more dedication over the years than we’ll ever see again. I can’t thank them enough for their service.”

They said interacting with people was the best part of the job.

“Just a lot of great customers. We work with good people,” Tucker said.

“That goes for both of us,” Moore added.

It’s seeing the people that Tucker will also miss the most.

“Some are like clockwork. You know when they are coming in,” Tucker said. “Some you see three times a day for each meal.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• Two long-time Sponey’s IGA employees retired Friday.

• Diane Moore has been with the Beverly store since Sept. 11, 1973.

• Melody Tucker has been with the store since Dec. 23, 1976.

• Together, they have served Sponey’s for more than 90 years.

Source: Times research.

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