Say Hello to Paul Seman, Chardon Grocery Manager
How long have you been with Heinen's?
It’s about three and a half years now.
Have you always worked in the Grocery Department?
Here at Heinen’s? Yes. And then we can even go back to when I was 16 years old and a student
at Benedictine High School. I started at Pick- N- Pay back then. I was with them for 33 years.
What’s your favorite part about working in the Grocery Department?
I like it because you get to touch all the bases. I dabble in a bit of everything because it ties into
all of the other departments. There’s 40,000 to 50,000 items, so there’s a lot to choose from!
Can you name a product or two you like to introduce people to?
Oh gee, there are so many things. For example, we just did a demo on BoomChickaPop popcorn.
It’s a great snack with minimal ingredients--the sea salt variety has only three. That helps me
personally—I need to find healthy snacks. I’m a label reader.
I also like the Alvarado St. Bakery breads. They’re great and lower in carbs than regular breads.
They have an entire line of products, including a diabetic bread.
So you try to be a healthy eater. Name some foods we’d always find in your kitchen.
You say that Heinen’s has been a life changer for you. How so?
- Healthy cereal—one with not too much sugar
- Lots of fruits--love watermelon
- Lots of unsweetened tea
- Chicken or chops on the grill
The first week I started, I was sick. By that Friday, I had to tell my manager I needed get to the
doctor. I was diagnosed with diabetes and was hospitalized. Of course, I was worried about my
new job. My manager said, “Paul, you’re with Heinen’s now. We’ll take care of you.”
That’s what’s special about this company. They really, really care. I always tell this story to new
hires. Once you put this blue shirt on, you’re one of us.