December 22, 2015
Peter Moore, second from left, and his wife, Linda, second from right, with Southeastern Grocers President and CEO Ian McLeod, right, and Chief Store Operations Officer Mark Scates, left, celebrate Moore’s 62 years with Winn-Dixie.

A look back at a 60-year work history would be an impressive testament to anyone’s dedication and work ethic.

But Peter Moore can say more than that. He is celebrating 62 years of continuing full-time service to Winn-Dixie and Southeastern Grocers.

Last week, CEO and President Ian McLeod and Chief Store Operations Officer Mark Scates celebrated his tenure by inviting Peter and his wife of 46 years, Linda, for a special luncheon at the Store Support Center in Jacksonville.

Peter started his career in 1953 at a store in Key West before it was called Winn-Dixie. The banner brand didn’t exist, but soon would represent the merger of Winn & Lovett and Dixie Home Stores.

“I was 13, working part time in the meat department as the cleanup boy,” he said.

At the time, it wasn’t unusual for children of that age to work such jobs, he said. By the time he was 17, his family moved to New Orleans, and he was soon promoted to market manager. He has since worked at about 12 Winn-Dixie stores throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area, and today is a full-time meat cutter at Winn-Dixie store No. 1443 in Covington, Louisiana.

Peter said the secret to his longevity isn’t a secret at all.

“They were good to me,” he said. “It’s a good company to work for. I like working with the people. We’ve got some really good people. I just stayed with it. I like my job.”

Mark said he met Peter at the store and immediately was struck by his humility and the fact that he has given 62 years of dedication to the company and still gets up every day to work for the company full time.

“A remarkable man who role models the values and behaviors—one we can all look up to,” Mark said of Peter. “Peter, thank you for your dedication and commitment.”

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