Daily Archives: April 19, 2011

New Experience #13: Work at the Kitchener Store

This New Experience could include this subtitle:

And Work a Double Shift. Yesterday’s work experiences cover both bases!

Mondays are typically a light day at the store because I only have three hours of work, and I’m with my manager, Paul, for the entire time. Yesterday? Not such a walk in the park!

From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., I was at my store.

At 2 p.m., the heat was on! I had 30 minutes to hop home to the Condo Casa, grab food and drink, scramble down to my car, and boot it down to Kitchener. The Kitchener store is on a main thoroughfare that is *congested* on a good day. I crossed my fingers and put the pedal to the metal (that’s a joke, Dad!).

My store:

looking out the front window...

The Kitchener store:

the front window faces....a parking lot! (not too exciting!)

My store:

nutrition bunk!

The Kitchener store:

same stuff!

My store:

a rainbow of reflective jackets!

The Kitchener store:

look at that precision! perfectly combed!

My store:

nike clothing display...

The Kitchener store:

i think ive seen this display before somewhere....

My store:

our shoe wall...

The Kitchener store:

i like how kitchener has their spikes divided womens/mens, bottom row...

The two stores really are similar, aren’t they. The major difference is the flooring: my store is light, the Kitchener store is dark wood. My store is a bit bigger in floor space, but the Kitchener location has a larger backroom, more storage, two washrooms. 

So, at the end of the day, what’s my verdict?

~ I had a lot of fun today!!! Working at the new location did not seem like work because everything was new.

~ I was busier in Kitchener than I anticipated – I sold three pairs of spikes, alone! The half marathon clinic met at 6:30 p.m., so that was added social time.

~ The manager in Kitchener, Nicole, is super organized, and has the store in wonderful shape. I’ll work there any time she needs a hand.

I’m really glad I had the chance to check out a different store! If the opportunity arises again, I’m in!

What’s the longest day you’ve ever worked? When I taught, there were some long days of teaching+marking/prep at home…but yesterday is one of the longest retail days I’ve done!


Can you believe the results of the Boston Marathon?!! Yes – I had to cheat and find out who won, before I’ve had a chance to watch my PVR recording. The fastest marathon ever for the men! American women in 2nd and 5th spots – I will be enthralled when I finally do see the ‘thon!