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Local Walmart greeter names “Shining Star of the Year”

Steve Taylor is a familiar face when shoppers enter the Walmart store in Amherstburg.

Taylor was a recipient of a “Shining Star of the Year” award for his efforts, being the recipient for the Amherstburg store at a recent awards presentation. Taylor said the 12 stores in the region were part of the awards ceremony with a “Shining Star” honoured at each of the stores.

Award recipients were also able to view the Walmart store in Chatham.

“It’s a really good feeling,” Taylor said of receiving the award.

Taylor said he has been at the Amherstburg store since 2007. The store actually opened in 2008 but he was hired prior to the opening to get the store ready.

“I’ve been a greeter ever since then,” said Taylor.

Taylor said he has seen generations of people come through the store and the full-time employee said the staff is like a family at the Amherstburg location.

“I enjoy it,” said Taylor. “I meet a lot of nice people here. It’s a nice experience. I enjoy doing it.”

While Taylor said he had some health issues a number of years ago, those are behind him and he plans on staying at Walmart for the foreseeable future.

“I feel good right now,” he said. “(The job) makes me feel good. It keeps me active.”

Taylor joked: “I guess they like me because they haven’t let me go.”

The award was something he didn’t see coming.

“I was really overwhelmed by it,” said Taylor. “It means a lot to me. They appreciate what I’m doing.”

After he retired from the Ford Motor Company, Taylor said he felt he had to do something else. He said he is asked sometimes from his co-workers from Ford why he keeps working but he responds “because I enjoy it.”

Taylor added he has won the Shining Star of the Month award before but was happy to get the award for the year.

Jeff Pascoe, manager of the Walmart Amherstburg store, said Taylor is a big part of the team.

“We’re really proud of Steve,” said Pascoe. “He is the face of our store. He’s friendly, welcoming and who the customers see when they come in. He takes a lot of pride in what he does up front.”

Pascoe added Taylor helped raise about $600 for the Children’s Miracle Network during the holiday season.

“He means so much to the store and to the team here,” said Pascoe.

Local Walmart greeter names “Shining Star of the Year

By Ron Giofu

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