Meet Whitney, Perishable Clerk at our Waterloo Road Giant Eagle in Akron, OH & Accomplished Author
This week's #TeamMemberTuesday is featuring Whitney, Perishable Clerk in the Meat/Seafood department at our Waterloo Road Giant Eagle in Akron, OH! Whitney also turned a hobby into a career when she published her very first novel last year. We are so proud of Whitney and are thrilled to celebrate her many accomplishments!
What is your job title? And what do you love most about your job?
My job title is Perishable Clerk, and what I love most about my job is the opportunity to learn more about food, from different cuts of meat in the Meat Department, to the many types of fish in our Seafood Department.
What do you enjoy most about the Company culture, and the specific culture at your store/department?
Our store’s really friendly, even if you don’t work in the same department as your fellow Team Member, there’s still a sense of understanding and loyalty. One of my favorite coworkers works in our Floral department and she’s always been so nice and positive, to the point where it inspires you to be more positive and to look on the bright side.
What is your favorite Giant Eagle memory?
We got a new Store Leader, Mike Eaves. When he found out about my writing career and my having published a book, he was super supportive about it. He went out of his way to throw me a book signing event and it was such a kind thing to do. I’ll never forget it. At the signing, a girl was walking by and asked if I was the author of my book and when I told her “yes”, she said she had a copy at home, and she literally went home to grab her copy for me to sign. It made me feel like a “somebody,” so I’m forever grateful to Mike and Giant Eagle for allowing me to have that moment.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest professional accomplishment was becoming an official author last January. My hobby turned into a real career.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about Giant Eagle?
It’s truly a job where you can grow with the Company. One day you can be pushing shopping carts, in time you can become a Grocery Clerk, and then a Manager, and potentially higher and above. Working at Giant Eagle is worth the investment because you truly rise up.
What are some interesting hobbies or talents that most people may not know about you?
As of January 2020, I’m now an official author, and I will be publishing my sophomore novel this July under my pen name Whitney D. Grandison!