I was initially employed as a packer

Tribute To Jack Goldin

I was interviewed by a tall, handsome man by the name of Jerome Lewin, a founder member of Clicks. My working career started in 1976 and continues to this very day. I was employed as a packer and worked myself up the ladder. This was a new beginning in my life as a working person.

Clicks St George’s Street store was alive and abuzz with loyal shoppers from all walks of life. Most of the old people would pop in to do their shopping and chat with the staff. The staff worked together in peace and harmony. The unpacking of stock was done speedily as everything had to be packed out by lunch time. This was one of Mr Goldin’s rules and worked well as it allowed customers to conveniently shop at ease.

My managers were, let me see, I remember them all, perhaps not in the correct order: Ivan Ginsburg, Matteo Coné, Trevor Vroom, Geoff Dyer, Andreas Prejawa, Mark Carelse, Keith Patterson wow that’s a lot. Everyone has moved on.

I also recollect, yes there times when, “things” were tough, I stuck to my guns and embraced the changes that were taking place within the company.

When Mr Goldin used to walk in the store all the staff were always on guard as he did some puffing and venting. He had a no-nonsense attitude, neither did he hide the fact that it was his own business.

 

 Soraya Khan (38 Years Service at Clicks)

 

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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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