It was “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”

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The name of the store might have been Roses, but it was truly “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.”

Rose’s Variety and Discount Store of Roxboro said farewell to it’s Assistant Manager, Tim Rogers, on May 3, to a well-deserved retirement. Tim has been employed with Roses since 1976, working at five other chain stores before finally settling in at the Roxboro store. He has been at the local store since 1988 when the store was still new. At that time, Rose’s was at its peak in profit and sales, and had little competition in the area.

Mr. Rogers was well-liked and respected by his co-workers, and was a dedicated, hard-working employee. He truly led by example. Tim was also a mentor to many younger employees and teens, whose first job experience was while in high school. He was always the favored manager to close the store with, due to his laid-back attitude, youthful sense of humor and personality. The young employees learned customer service from him, through his example of hard work, public relations and rapport with customers.

Tim and his co-workers endured the stressful restructuring of Roses in the mid-nineties, and the eventual buyout and merger.

On Saturday, May 4, he met with his wife Ellen, friends, family, and former and current employees, to celebrate at a luncheon at Roxboro’s Golden Corral. He was reunited with nine of his employees, many from the 1980s. One particular employee, Mrs Frances Phelps, has been a dedicated employee since 1951, and is still working one day a week.

Tim’s presence in the store will be greatly missed by the current employees, and especially by customers who enjoyed catching up with him while they shopped. Tim always took time to stop what he was doing, while greeting you with a smile and handshake, asking about you and your family. He made customers feel at home.

Tim plans to enjoy his new-found extra time with his wife, two children, and seven grandchildren. He may be seen on the banks of the ponds a little more often now, reeling in those big bass, while having Ellen snap pictures of them, for bragging rights, on her Facebook page.

Good luck Mr. Rogers, and thanks again. We will miss your closing announcement on the intercom at punch-out time in the evening, a simple statement, “Goodnight.”

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