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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Wayne Hagan loves to go hunting.
But his hunting time has often suffered due to his work schedule.
However, after Friday, Aug. 7, Hagan has all the hunting time he needs.
After 40 years of employment with the Kroger Co., Hagan joins his wife, Kay, in retirement.
A party was thrown in Hagan’s honor on Friday at the Shepherdsville store, where he has been employed since the grocery opened seven years ago.
Manager Bill Hudson said he never had to worry about the store as long as Hagan was on duty. He called Hagan the best meat cutter he’d ever seen.
“You will be missed,” said Hudson.
Wayne joined the chain in 1969 at the Outer Loop/Knobview store. Later he would work at several stores, including a stint as a floating meat cutter.
When the Shepherdsville store opened, Hagan came along as the meat department manager.
Patty Humphrey, who coordinated the retirement luncheon, started with Kroger about six years and she said she couldn’t ask for a better boss.
She added he would forever be part of the Kroger family.
Mike Perry worked with Hagan at a couple of Kroger locations and said he was the second best meat cutter he’d ever seen - next to his own father.
While Hagan is going into retirement, Perry said he hoped he would consider coming back after the hunting season to help train at other Kroger stores.
Because of employees like Wayne and Kay Hagan, Perry said Kroger has been able to serve the people for over 100 years.
Besides exchanging hugs and pleasantries, a video was presented to Hagan that included many of the employees from the store.