Born and brought up in Wigan, Tom Brogan joined Asda almost three decades ago at the age of 63 and still has no plans of retiring. The great-granddad who will turn 92 in August has been working as a car parking attendant at the Asda store in Wigan, Gtr Manc since 1988 to become the oldest supermarket employee in the UK.
Asda Colleague Tom Brogan first started to work in 1939 at Clarington Brook Forge and Iron Foundry, before being called up to the Army during the Second World War. After the war, Tom and his wife, Joan, moved to North Wales and ran their own shop and post office, before moving back to Wigan in 1988.
Tom started working at the Asda store, located at Soho Street, in 1988, on a short term placement, thanks to Joan. Tom said: “My wife spotted a job advert in the window at the job centre for a car park attendant and it said for my age group as a part time job. “After my interview, I went for 12 weeks and then they asked if I would carry on.”
“I will be 92 in August but I’m planning to carry on and take it day by day. I’m quite happy – I know everybody and everybody knows me, I like being here.” The job is especially important to Mr Brogan since his wife died in 2008, after 43 years of marriage, leaving behind Tom, their two children, seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. And for more than 20 years he has been a friendly Asda car parking attendant, helping customers pack their bags and collecting trolleys.
Tom, continues “I would seize up if I retired. I think I’ll know when the time is right but it’s definitely not now. “It gets me out of the four walls of my house – I’d be bored stiff otherwise”. It’s not about the money for me, I get to exercise by working and it provides me with company other than my family.”
Damien Moore, customer trading manager at Asda Wigan, said: “Tom absolutely excels at everything he does; he gives fantastic customer service to our customers. “He’s a real character in the store and people love the service he gives.”