Golden local John Dawes will be retiring after 18 years of work with Golden’s IGA and Sobeys.
“I came to Golden in 1993. I was working for IGA as a corporate specialist and they needed someone to run the store in Golden for two weeks. I ended up staying for a month and then decided that I really liked this town. I never left,” says Dawes.
Dawes says he came to Golden during the winter with his skis in the back of his car and that was all it took.
“I just really liked the place and the people so I took over the store when they switched the franchise operator.”
Dawes was dedicated to IGA and the people it served which allowed the store to win Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Community minded/promotion awards more than once.
“I’m really proud of that and it made us feel really good in the community.”
In 2007, Sobeys took over the IGA which Dawes says came at perfect timing. “I was looking at retirement anyways so it was a good time to make the switch. Cam (Dawes’ son) is the corporate store manager now so it’s kind of like a family business. But I didn’t stop working.”
Now that Dawes plans on retiring for good, he still says he does not see himself doing nothing. “I am staying in Golden and I might volunteer or something. As long as a person feels good, I say go for it. I will work as a ski instructor up at the hill again too.”
Dawes says that it was due to the people of Golden that he loved his job so much.“I love being here, I really like the people of Golden. It’s still the place where people wave and always say hello, and it hasn’t lost that touch.”