Publix's vice president climbed his way to the top, starting as a bag boy at a south Florida grocery store. So when Bill Fauerbach retired this week, he decided he wanted to spend his last day on the job the same way he spent his first day — bagging groceries.
Fauerbach retired after 47 years with Publix. He started bagging groceries as a high school student at a Publix in Lighthouse Point. He returned to the store Friday, happily chatting with customers and making sure their bread didn't get crushed by heavier items.
Publix surprised him by rolling out a green carpet where all the store's district managers, along with Fauerbach's sons lined up to cheer him on as he escorted the final customer to their car.