A 73-year-old Ashburton man is one of the longest-serving Mitre 10 employees in its history, starting his career in hardware in 1966.

Brian Glassey has been working at what is now Mitre 10 Mega Ashbuton for almost 58 years, and gave Breakfast a look at what changed throughout the decades.

“I just thought I’d like to work in a store… so I rocked up, they said ‘yeah you look alright’… I was only a little [guy] then,” Glassey said.

He started his career when the hardware store was called WH Collins & Co, before it was renamed to Mitre 10 in 1977.

Glassey said the company just kept “moving and moving, and we had to go with the flow”.

“I’ve worked in all departments — not paint though, I am a bit colour blind.”

All the Mitre 10 staff have their names on the aisle they are in charge of, but not Glassey.

“I’m in charge of them all,” he laughed.

“Not in charge, but I float around, tidy up, all those sorts of things.”

He even had an old uniform to show off and said he was pleased the modern outfit no longer required a tie.

He said Mitre 10 has been a “very good” company to work for, and that it has never occurred to him to work for Bunnings.

Glassey went from working five days a week down to three, but that doesn’t stop him from being dedicated to his craft.

“Treat everyone as an individual. Take a genuine interest in what they do and take time to get to know them.”

For more on Glassey, his career, and how Breakfast reporter Digby Werthmuller shapes up on the bolt cutters, watch the above video.

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