Dave Ezell has retired after a 23-year career as manager of the Schnucks grocery store in Bloomington. (Photo by Laura Ewan/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - A Bloomington grocery store manager known for his community involvement is calling it quits.
Dave Ezell, who turns 62 today, has retired after a 23-year career as manager of the Bloomington Scnucks. Ezell says a lasting memory for him will be staging a collection in the store parking lot with the Red Cross and Radio Bloomington to raise about $870,000 for victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
"It was fantastic, the community just poured in and help out. I can't tell you how many times I went out there and teared up. Little kids would come up and empty out their piggy banks. It just was so heartwarming to see," Ezell said.
Ezell says the customers are what he'll miss most.
"No two days are really alike. Some days you go in with a list of eight things you have to get done that day. You go home there's still eight things on there and there's five more. The customers I think are my favorite part," Ezell said.
The store manager of the Schnucks in Normal, Eric Snow, has become the new store manager in Bloomigton. Snow has been replaced by Mike Robers as manager of the store in Normal.
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