Jack was a man of his word


I remember Jack very well as he was very good friends with my grandparents. My grand-father was his family doctor and cared for the family for many years and through them I got the job at Clicks.

Jack was a very dignified, honourable and always a man of his word. I remember when I was transferred to Worcester as Store Manager and given ONE day to make up my mind. I went to see Jack and he assured me that I would return to Cape Town after a year. His word was his bond.

My special treat was on a Wednesdays when my Regional Manager, Peter Adams, would visit the store and taped Dynasty on Monday nights and Dallas on Tuesday nights. This was a weekly occurrence and in return I had to buy him lunch at the Spur Steak Ranch.

After a year my gran enquired when I would be returning to Cape Town and true enough within a short while I was back in town.

In my first year over the Christmas season I was working in Claremont, a very busy store, and my job was to make sure the Sweet Section was kept full, neat and tidy at all times. My responsibilities also included the cut case displays of chocolate boxes. That kept me very busy as there were three floors in the store to get the stock from the store room. In those days we worked very hard and I was looking forward to my first Christmas bonus which was R10.50 less R1.50 tax.

Anton Lazard (15 Years of Service)

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About mc1a

Matteo joined the Clicks Brand in 1974 as a Trainee Manager and spent the first nine years of his career in operational management roles within stores. In 1983 he was promoted to the role of Buyer and joined the Merchandise Division. During the following twenty seven years, he applied his extensive buying expertise to various categories and assisted the business in growing from a small retailer to the national household name that it is today. Matteo has not only gained the respect of his many colleagues through the years, but also with the many suppliers that he has dealt with.
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