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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks C&R Market Manager Rick Winter, left, took over store responsibilities last month from Kenny Pessetto, who will continue to work there part-time. Photo by Michelle Brooks / California Democrat.

C&R Market Manager Rick Winter has returned to the store where he got his start.

In the mid-1990s, he was a teenager working carry-outs and later in the meat department one door down, in the store's former location at the Village Green shopping center.

He brings nearly 25 years experience in the grocery business, though he said he has spent little time in bakery or deli departments.

"It's like coming home, in a way," Winter said.

He took over manager responsibilities Jan. 7 from Kenny Pessetto, who will continue to work part-time at the store after four years as manager.

"I've always been in the grocery business, since I was 16," Winter said. "I like dealing with the public and helping people. And C&R is a small enough company, they're like family."

The local store is one of 11 in the chain. It has about 40 full- and part-time employees. About five years ago, the store added bakery and deli departments when it relocated from the current Dollar General location.

"We'll keep it going as well as it has been going," Winter said. "And, we'll continue to serve the community."

The new manager said he has been involved in his previous communities and hopes to join the California Area Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups locally. He also hopes to take up fishing and golf.

Winter and Pessetto agree, their favorite department is the fresh produce.

Pessetto will have been involved in the grocery business 51 years in April. He enjoys the work and the people, so he didn't want to fully retire, he said.

But he is ready to spend more time with his wife and 12 grandchildren, get in a little more fishing and check off some things from his to-do list.

"I don't want to get out of it yet, but it's time to let the younger ones do it," Pessetto said.

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