One of the most beloved staff members at Wholey’s Fish Market is retiring after a 40-year career.
Mike Hartman, a senior fish cutter at Wholey’s in the Strip District, is retiring from the iconic shop after working for more than four decades.
On Monday, August 17 at 1:00 p.m., the store will be hosting a virtual celebration on Facebook Live with all of its front-line employees to say goodbye to their colleague.
Hartman was first hired as a counter clerk at Wholey’s in 1980, one week before the Christmas rush. “I made it through it,” says Hartman, adding that what he has enjoyed the most about working at Wholey’s has been “the people, the teammates, the support, trust, respect, meeting hundreds of new people every day, and the customers that have become friends.”
In his retirement, Hartman will be spending time with his wife of 45 years, his two children, and his four grandchildren.
And, one piece of advice for the hundreds of customers who shop at Wholey’s each day?
“Most customers are trying a specific fish for the first time, so don’t be afraid of asking questions,” says Hartman. “Our team is well trained, and can help you witha wealth of knowledge. Just ask.”
Wholey’s Fish Market (1711 Penn Avenue)