Mark Harvieux clocked out of labor on the Cub Meals in Cottage Grove for the final time at midday on Thursday.
Harvieux, 60, of Oak Park Heights, spent his profession at Cub Meals, beginning on the age of 16 as a bagger at Hooley’s Grocery Retailer — the precursor to Cub — in downtown Stillwater.
He’s considered one of 4 brothers who spent most of their careers — nearly 150 years in all — working for the grocery-store chain, the dominant meals retailer within the Twin Cities market.
The eldest, Dave Harvieux, 70, of Stillwater, retired in 1989 because the senior director of Cub Meals’ franchise division earlier than leaving to pursue different alternatives in actual property. Brian Harvieux, 62, of Lake Elmo, retired in February 2021 as the overall merchandise supervisor on the Cub Meals retailer in Arden Hills. The lone brother nonetheless working, Ed Harvieux, 57, of West Lakeland Township, is answerable for receiving on the Cub Meals in Burnsville.
“It’s surreal,” stated Mark Harvieux, who labored from 4 a.m. to midday every day. “It nonetheless looks like I’m going to need to rise up and go to work tomorrow.”
Mark Harvieux was a part of the early-morning inventory crew on the grocery retailer at 8690 East Level Douglas Highway, serving to get the shop, which is open 24 hours a day, prepared for the day’s gross sales.
“I preferred it,” he stated. “You can get in and get your stuff finished earlier than it acquired too busy. It was simply extra productive.”
Mark Harvieux stated he gained’t miss his 2:30 a.m. alarm or 7 p.m. bedtime, however he’ll miss the individuals.
“It was a enjoyable enterprise to be in,” he stated. “I preferred the individuals I labored with, and also you get to know sure clients. … I’ve solely ever labored for Cub. For essentially the most half, it was an incredible firm to work for.”
The Harvieux household historical past with Cub Meals began in 1969 when Dave Harvieux went to work as a bagger at Hooley’s Grocery Retailer in downtown Stillwater. Dave Harvieux, a senior at Stillwater Excessive Faculty, began out “bagging groceries, stocking cabinets and mopping flooring,” he stated.
The household lived in Stillwater’s South Hill neighborhood, and oldsters Bernie and Eileen Harvieux had a rule that “if you happen to wished one thing, you needed to earn sufficient to pay for it,” Dave Harvieux stated.
“Within the late ‘60s and early 70s, the roles at Hooley’s have been the best-paying jobs on the town,” he stated. “You labored for it, however they have been the best-paying jobs for half time.”
Dave Harvieux labored his approach as much as assistant supervisor and continued working whereas taking courses on the College of Minnesota, he stated. The start of his sophomore yr of faculty, Jack Hooley, the proprietor, supplied him an opportunity to be supervisor of the Meals Bonanza in Brooklyn Park.
“It was a chance that individuals would dream about getting after they acquired their diploma,” he stated. “I used to be supplied the job once I was 19. I began once I was 20.”
Meals Bonanza turned Cub Meals in 1973. Dave Harvieux later labored on the Cub Meals in Fridley after which opened the shop in Burnsville earlier than being promoted to regional supervisor in 1975. In 1981, he turned senior director of the corporate’s franchise division. It’s now owned by United Pure Meals Inc., a Rhode Island wholesale grocery that purchased Cub’s guardian, Supervalu, in 2018.
“I’m lucky for the sorts of alternatives that Jack Hooley offered me at a really younger age,” Dave Harvieux stated. “To have that form of belief and to present that form of accountability to anyone who was 20 years outdated is fairly unbelievable. The corporate has modified, however the alternatives to get began and have a great job and good pay and advantages have been outstanding.”
Brian Harvieux retired from Cub Meals in February 2021 after a 44-year profession, “three months shy of 45 years,” he stated. His final posting was as normal merchandise supervisor on the Arden Hills retailer.
Like his brothers, he began working as a bagger on the downtown Hooley’s retailer. He was 16.
“Mother was bugging me to get a job, so I acquired a job,” he stated. “She stated, ‘They want carry-outs at Hooley’s.’ I performed sports activities and lower grass. I believed I had sufficient cash. I suppose not.”
Brian Harvieux stated he has labored at “11 or 12 completely different (Cub Meals) shops” within the metro space.
“I went to the College of Minnesota for a few quarters, after which they supplied me full time and I went full time,” he stated. On the age of 21, he was supplied the job of assistant supervisor on the Cub Meals in Little Canada, he stated.
What did he like finest about working at Cub? “Working with clients,” he stated. “The day-to-day contact with clients.”
Ed Harvieux, the youngest of the brothers, couldn’t be reached for remark.
The brothers had one sister, Joan Harvieux Zevenbergen, who labored as a beautician, Dave Harvieux stated. She died in 2002 on the age of 47.
Dave Harvieux stated he realized many invaluable classes from Jack Hooley, who was identified for his “excessive moral requirements.”
“He taught me to create win-win relationships in enterprise and in household,” he stated. “We work for win-win relationships, not win-lose or who can get extra or what. As a substitute, it’s let’s see if we will each get what we would like.”
“And no Monday-morning quarterbacking,” he stated. “When you disagree, you say one thing upfront,” he stated. “When you say one thing after it falls aside, you would possibly as effectively kiss your butt goodbye going out the door as a result of that doesn’t do any good.”