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Second time's the charm for new Holiday manager

Heather McCarthy's second time around at Ellsworth's Holiday Station Store has her taking on more responsibility.

McCarthy became manager of the convenience outlet at the corner of Hwys. 10-63 and 65 Wednesday. The local resident had also worked there for a year as an associate a couple of years ago.

"I'm always up to a challenge," she said during her first day on her new job.

Her associate duties included operating the cash registers and accomplishing a task list, she said. As manager working 50 hours a week (sometimes more), she'll be responsible for inventory and invoicing, scheduling shifts, doing payroll and guiding daily operations. She plans to continue running the store as it has been.

"I'm a stickler on cleanliness," she said, noting besides neatness, tidiness and keeping the place clean, she'll emphasize customer service.

The full deli is the store's biggest customer draw, according to McCarthy. It features Piccadilly Pizza along with sandwiches and other items to go. Video rentals are available on the premises as well.

The Woodbury, Minn., native said she held a similar position in River Falls before coming back here. In fact, her local return was delayed a bit while she finished training her successor at the Holiday on that city's south side. She was the manager there for approximately nine months.

"I've mostly worked for Holiday," she said about her job career.

Her own training prior to managing at River Falls occurred in Hudson, she said. Comparing the Ellsworth store to the one she headed in River Falls, she found the former is "four times busier," has less competition and more employees (around a dozen).The hours here are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays.

Although most of the personnel have changed since her first local stint, McCarthy feels comfortable in her latest work surroundings.

"I know a lot of people in the community and from when I was here before," she said.

The Woodbury High School graduate said she enjoyed gymnastics, track and softball while in school (her parents have since moved to Cottage Grove, Minn.). She attended school in Red Wing for a year-and-a-half to be a Licensed Practical Nurse, but didn't take board exams. However, when she was a staffer at the Ellsworth store earlier, she took an Emergency Medical Technician course and volunteered with the local ambulance service for over a year.

McCarthy came to Ellsworth after meeting her husband, Mike, in 1998, she said. He's originally from El Paso and a driver for DEM Transport; the couple have two children: Cody, age 12, an Ellsworth Middle School student, and Mackenzie, six, a student at Hillcrest Elementary School. They live not far from Holiday.

In her spare time, she likes to help coach her sons' baseball teams and attend their sports events (the older plays basketball and the younger, football).