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What’s Good: Martin’s employee retiring after 50-year career

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:02 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) -Now it’s time to learn what’s good here in Michiana.

Doug Baumgartner spent the past 50 years working for Martin’s Supermarket. Now he says he’s retiring.

16 News Now found out how his half-century career was more than a job.

Baumgartner says started working at Martin’s when they only had four stores.

Five decades and eighteen stores later, he says he’s ready for retirement.

“I’ve seen a lot of growth which means a lot of opportunity for myself and others to advance as the growth happened. The old push-button cash registers. No scanning in those days,” Baumgartner said.

He says he was there when Martin’s first put scanners in their stores in 1978.

As the company grew, so did Baumgartner’s family, both at home, and at work.

“My family all worked for Martin’s at one time. My brothers and sisters, my kids, my wife. I met my wife at Martin’s. It was fun going to work every day,” he said.

He started working for corporate in the late seventies and never looked back.

He retired as the operations services coordinator.

His coworkers say his successor will have big shoes to fill.

“We’ve all tried to be as big as a sponge as we can and get as much knowledge as we could about him but there’s absolutely no way we can replace Doug,” said Vice President of Operations Doug Dillman.

Baumgartner says he looks forward to playing some tennis, fishing, and working on projects around the house in retirement, even though he’ll miss his coworkers and solving problems for Martin’s customers.

“When I can have a customer call who’s really upset, and by the time we’re done we’re joking with each other, then I feel good about that,” Baumgartner said.

Saying a bittersweet goodbye to the company that employed him for half a century.

His official last day was June 4th.

He says it wasn’t a hard sell for him to come back today so he could celebrate his 50-year career with all of his family.

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