by Laurent Forio
Updated 26 Mar 22 at 8:51
A page is turned at the Monoprix in downtown Les Sables-d’Olonne. An entire chapter, in which Claudine Augusto asserts her right to retire, having been at the helm of the store for 22 years.
Before arriving at the Côte de Lumière, the daughter of Portuguese immigrants spent a lot of time in the brand’s various structures.
She leaves with her many memories, her joys and her sorrows. Because you don’t come out completely unscathed from your 44 years of working on one brand.
For Claudine Augusto, her life was associated with the Monoprix. On Friday evening, the transfer of power was farewelled. Actual retirement is scheduled for March 31.
Beginner at Orthez
Claudine of Bernese, daughter of Portuguese immigrants who fled Salazar’s regime. At Orthez you will enter the active life, apprentice.
In 1978, she was 16 years old, then she was appointed to the department store Jerome Paris, the owner of several brand sites. She remained there until 1989 when she was offered training to become a group leader.
Claudine Augusto proved herself and arrived at Les Sables-d’Olonne in 2000.
in the middle of a storm
“I arrived at Les Sables-d’Olonne on December 27, 1999 in the midst of a storm. On December 26, 27 and 28 of that year, Lothar and Martin crossed Europe.” It was also Erica’s year. »
I also spent New Year’s Day in the office. We didn’t know what would happen. Many feared the 2000 bug.
After that time passes, the investment is total.
The Monoprix, at Sables-d’Olonne, became a reference. There are a dozen of us working there, with a boost of five or six seasonal workers in the summer. »
Owned by the Paris family since 1985, this store is located on two floors on the rue de l’Hôtel de ville. “We improved the existing menu, and closed for three months in 2018 to open doors for people with reduced mobility. This store is one of the largest rooftops in the center, with a wide variety of trade offerings.”
Think of yourself, at last!
“Basically, I forgot about my life on the job. I’ll think to myself now, but that would make me funny,” says the woman who kept her Byrne accent. Retirement will be simple.
“I want to go and settle down, sell my house and have my little house. But I don’t know where yet…” Claudine, on the other hand, will look for a place where she can visit small shops, like the ones she likes in the center of Les Sables d’Olonne. Those who were there last night, to receive her for the last time as Monoprix Principal.
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