75 Years of Stories | Martha’s Heartwarming Story
Aug 30th, 2014
We have collected some great stories to celebrate our 75th Anniversary. There have been a lot that have brought back great memories and brought smiles to our faces. And then there are stories like these that remind us of why we do what we do everyday. Thank you, Martha, for sharing:
Martha Wharry Turner’s Story (Boise, ID)
My mother moved to Boise in 1962 and shopped at Albertson’s for the remainder of her life. The stores were a comfortable place for her and she viewed them as part of her extended community–both when she lived on the bench, and when she moved down to the east end. Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, at age 71, and the subsequent chemotherapy made her feet permanently numb.She wanted to continue to get exercise, but was nervous about walking on uneven sidewalks in her neighborhood.
She went to the main Albertson’s on 16th and State and asked them if she could walk up and down the aisles of the store to get some exercise in the mornings. They, of course, said “yes”, and she walked there several mornings a week for a couple of years. She got to know the staff by name and even delivered a birthday present to the child of at least one of the employees. The people who worked there always greeted her kindly and never made her feel uncomfortable, even though it was, admittedly, a little odd for someone to be getting her exercise in the aisles of a grocery store. I will be forever grateful to Albertson’s for making it easy and comfortable for her to accomplish something during a time when accomplishing things got more difficult for her. She died in 2007, but, if she hadn’t, I think she probably would still be walking the aisles of the store, greeting the employees by name and asking after their families. And they, in turn, would be responding with their characteristic warmth and cheer.
Thank you, Albertson’s, especially the employees at the 16th and State Street store in Boise.