Just so many good memories

Tribute To Jack Goldin

I’ve been with Clicks now for 33 years going on 34. I started in 1978 at eighteen and interviewed by Jerome Lewin at the old Head Office in Salt River.

Having been in Matric the previous year and dropping out of Teacher’s College I thought I had an advantage to start in a better position than a packer but this did not happen and after my first Christmas at the Wynberg Store I thought ‘not another year for me at Clicks’ that’s how busy it was; but retail kinda grows on you and the interacting with different customers made it more fun. Helping and working with different people became my passion.

Some of my highlights at Clicks

I remember on a Monday morning Head Office would phone with a list of products of which we had to check prices, to compare it with the other retailers in the area so we could keep our prices lower than theirs, because our logo was “YOU PAY LESS AT CLICKS”. I would then take down the items over the phone and armed with my list I would walk down the main road to OK BAZAARS; GRAND BAZAARS; PICK’N PAY and CHECKERS and be back by tea time, phone Head Office and give them the prices.

A ‘Mr Goldin’ visit was always stressful for Regional Managers, Managers and staff. They would fall over their feet to make sure the Stores looked presentable.

I also remember the 10.0.6 product we introduced in South Africa and then I participated in the 10.0.6 fun run.They gave me such a big T-shirt that I had to knot it on my shoulders not for it to hang like an old rag on me.

We also had this ‘LOOK NICE, FEEL NICE, and BE NICE ‘where we were all given some make up to look nice every day.

The counting of supplier cards and working out of sales (manually) also bring back good memories. The stores were never over stocked. Also the counting of Warehouse catalogues and filling up your own section Gifts and Glassware were Mr Goldin’s baby – also brings back good memories; it was always be full and neat.

I also remember the LAUNCH of the Club Card; it was a very big occasion for us.

When Clicks went live with their own Website and what a wonderful surprise; a customer came into the store; I was at Clicks Meadowridge at that time – ‘Famous Hey?” she said and told me they used my picture (As Service Advisors we used to have our pictures hanging next to that of the Store Manager) on the cover of the Web page.

Just so many good memories and it will take me forever to put the all down.

 Florence Nabby (34 years 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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