Week 13: Dear Retail…

Tomorrow is my last day in retail (see my previous post for more info on that), so I’ve decided to write an open letter. 

Dear Retail,

You’ve been a part of my life for nearly fourteen years. That’s all of my adult life. Ever since I first took work experience in school at fifteen, to getting my first part-time job at sixteen. Moving from shop to shop in the Outlet Village to igniting my love of trainers at Nike. From my smug little 9am – 2pm shifts at River Island to climbing the management ladder at Ted Baker, retail has been my bread and butter. And I’ve loved it.

The job I’m leaving is one that I have truly enjoyed, and I’ll be leaving a company that I honestly believe has the strongest team of people anywhere in the industry. They were more than co-workers, I feel like we are – and will continue to be – a band of brothers. This might sound a little over the top, but pulling six to seven-day weeks, for most of November and December to deal with the Christmas rush brings you closer together!

I’ll always be thankful to Andy, Des, Kiran, Quinny and all the other people who have come and gone during my last eight years at The Forum. I started as a boy, but I leave a man. Working there, so closely with some properly inspirational entrepreneurs, has given me an insight in to the inner-workings of an independent business and the strongest work ethic imaginable that I can take forward in to my new job, and for that I’ll be forever grateful.

I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to having my weekends back and having some time off over Christmas to spend with my family, but I’ll always look back fondly at my time in retail.

Thank you. It’s been emotional.

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