After 27 years of unparallelled work, Ericka Hill is retiring from her long career at Save Mart in Auburn.
Hill has grown to know many Auburn residents and has become a familiar face around the store, helping customers with recipes and organizing fundraisers for the community.
Pamela Dobson, current manager of Save Mart, hired Hill in 1991 when the store was still owned by Lucky’s. Save Mart bought the store in 2007.
“She’s been awesome,” Dobson said. “If I could clone her I would. She's going to be so missed.”
Donna Mauldin, a coworker of Hill, said she has been working with Hill since the beginning. They both started at Lucky’s 27 years ago and have been close friends ever since.
“She’s a wonderful gal, she’s got a great sense of humor and she is a very capable clerk,” Mauldin said. “I’m going to really miss her, I’m happy for her.”
Hill had many talents that she brought to Save Mart as well. Mauldin said Hill is an excellent cook and could tell a customer a recipe off the top of her head or help them find unique ingredients in the store to try.
Hill took serving the community one step further and began different initiatives to help people in need.
She held a fundraiser after a local girl, Alexis Jenkins, passed away last year. She also went to Clear Creek Elementary School to give lunches to kids who were in need.
Dobson said Hill always kept morale up and would always organize Thanksgiving buffets for the employees.
“I’m still trying to work through that she’s leaving,” Dobson said. “She’s such a good friend to everyone.”