Barbara in Deli Dept.

This week we’d like to introduce you to Barbara! Barbara has been a Team Member in the Penn Hills Giant Eagle Deli department for the last 23 years! Her positive attitude and infectious smile are invaluable to us, and we can’t wait for you to get to know her. Read more about Barbara’s story and learn what she thinks makes Giant Eagle so special.

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Barbara Powell in front of Deli Dept.

Barbara Powell, Deli Department Team Member

I’ve been with the Deli Department for 23 years. I’m trained in all departments, such as Prepared Foods, Meat and Seafood. Wherever they need me, I’m there to help out. Currently, we do not have Deli Leader so I’m filling that role temporarily, and my Team Members are great. They help me out and tell me what we need and what I need to order. They take a lot of the pressure off. My customers also make my day-to-day work very nice. They are like family. In fact, this whole store is like family from the front to the back. From the pharmacy and the Front End to the Cash office, everybody feels like family to me. We are all willing to help each other out in any way that we can, in any situation.

Sadly, about two and a half years ago, my daughter suffered a massive stroke and every organ in her body shut down. She was on life support for six months. If it wasn’t for my Team Members and my Store Leader, I don’t know how I would have made it. I came to work every single day that she was on life support, and I went to see her every night. When I’d come in to work, they made it so comfortable for me. They helped minimize my stress because it was a very difficult time, but they made it easier. There are a few Team Members I’d like to name, including Mary, Patty, Barbara, Linda, Matt and my fellow Team Members in the Deli. Josh Shapira, my Regional Business Leader, also made it so nice. Anytime Josh was in the store, he’d come back to the Deli and check on me and see if I needed anything. My daughter had to have amputations, but she has prosthetics and she’s getting ready to get out of rehab after about two-and-a-half years. My daughter has come a long way. I don’t know how I would have gotten through it without the people here at this Company. They helped me immensely.

What made you think of Giant Eagle as a possible place of employment?

I was a manager at Wendy’s before I came to work for Giant Eagle. The Store Leader here at the time would stop over for breakfast occasionally, and she asked me if I wanted to come over during the holidays to help make trays and from there on, I was in. I worked both jobs for quite some time but when my husband finished Law School, I decided to quit the job at Wendy’s and stayed here.

Why have you chosen to stay with Giant Eagle for 23 years?

The Company is great to work for because they will work with you. You can advance if you wish to, but I’ve stuck around because the work place has become a second family. We laugh and we play but we get the work done, and that’s why I’ve stayed. They take care of you.

The customers are also great. Most of them are also like family. They stop back at the Deli, just to say “hi” to me. I try to be a happy person and make others happy, too. If you’re walking around with a frown, you’re going to make everyone else sad. Giant Eagle provides for you in your time of need. We all take care of each other. You can’t go wrong with Giant Eagle.

What do you love most about your current role?

I come in and do it because it must be done, but the people I work with are what make my job great. We laugh and we joke but we’re working, and that just makes your day. We all get along. We all help each other, even across departments.

“This whole store is like family from the front to the back. From the pharmacy, the front end, the cash office, everybody feels like family to me. We are all willing to help each other out in any way that we can.”

BarbaraDeli Team Member & Celebrating 23 years with Giant Eagle!
2 replies
  1. laura reynol says:

    Barbara Love for you always. You also became my a little sister.Each one of your friends were Summoned by God to be help you.All played a role in helping you cope.God placed them around you. No mistake.I love you keep being you.God never lets you walk alone.Your so Beautiful and kindNess Praising God

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