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‘Gotts Girl’ says thanks for memories

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It was one year ago July 12 that Gottschalks department store closed its doors for business. The associates who stayed until the bitter end managed to remain professional, give great customer service and maintain the store. Over the years a great many wonderful women worked at Gottschalks. We were a team. We built friendships, kinships and sisterhoods. We started calling ourselves the Gotts Girls when we had get-togethers. There has been a lot of change for the Gotts Girls over the past year. Some have had to go down the hill to get employment. Some have taken jobs, quit that job and gone on to the next — only to find that the work experience is lacking, because the Gotts Girls aren’t together. Some of the Gotts Girls have gone back to school, some are still seeking jobs and others have semi-retired. Others have had a year of dealing with either health and/or financial stress. For some, unemployment has run out. All of us gathered together in February to say goodbye to our beautiful Rita who lost her two-year battle with cancer. We get together once a month to talk about the Gottschalks days and hopes of being back in the building — that sad looking empty building in the Elm shopping center. Our store manager is working but has been in constant contact with the building owner and has picked up trash around the building. Our loss prevention manager still gets calls from Auburn Police Department concerning vandalism on the trailers or building. As of today, we still don’t know if any of us will be working in that building again. We have had no final word as to what retailer will lease the building. We do know that whatever happens with the building, the Gotts Girls will forever remain dear. CHERIE HOLM, Meadow Vista