February 27, 2015
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From left:  Winn-Dixie District Director Mark Nyquist, store No. 2355 Lead Meat Cutter Fred Jones and Store Director Michael Hurst.​

When Winn-Dixie store No. 2355 Lead Meat Cutter Fred Jones began full-time work in a Winn-Dixie meat department in 1965, his job was to lay sawdust down every day to make sure no one slipped. He has come a long way since those early days and on Jan. 11, he was presented with a plaque for 50 years of dedicated service to Winn-Dixie in Florida’s Treasure Coast community.

The Fort Peirce, Fla. native began his Winn-Dixie career as a part-time bagger in 1960 as a 16-year-old, moving to the meat department in 1965 as a full-time associate. Jones has been an integral member of the Winn-Dixie team ever since, holding numerous potions in his department and training countless associates throughout stores in Stuart, Fla., Jensen Beach, Fla., Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Ft. Pierce, Fla. Winn-Dixie store No. 2355 Store Director Michael Hurst said Jones’ work ethic has been a staple of his tenure throughout the 20 years he has known him.

“Not only does Fred bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the meat department, he is a tremendously kind person who puts his best foot forward and always gives 100 percent,” he said. “It was an absolute pleasure to honor Fred for such a prestigious accomplishment in his career and I know I can speak on behalf of all my associates when I say we are a better store team with Fred on the cutting block.”

Jones has never been one to sit still for long, so when he isn’t working in the meat-cutting room, he volunteers at Dale Cassens Educational Complex, assisting his wife in the cafeteria in the alternative education school. Soon Jones will be relishing the brief moments he’s not busy, as Winn-Dixie will be providing him with a new Simmons Rocker/Recliner as his 50-year anniversary gift. For the husband, father of two and grandfather of four, Winn-Dixie has been a great place to spend the last 50 years.

“A lot has changed since I stepped foot in the meat room 50 years ago and I it was nice to share a moment of reflection with Mark and Michael,” said Jones. “I grew up, raised a family and built my career right here in Ft. Peirce so it means a lot to me to continue serving the community I love.”

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