It’s official! Something happened to me today that I am excited to share with everyone.
I’m going “home”.
Today, I accepted a position as the new Formal Wear Manager of the Brea, CA Men’s Wearhouse location. This is the store that I was hired in a shocking 10 years ago, and it has always held a special place in my heart. I can’t believe that after all this time I am finally going back. While it’s bittersweet, as I love the store and team that I work with now, it’s an excellent move for me personally at this point in my life.
When my Regional Manager mentioned that her region now included the Brea store (when it previously did not) and that they were currently looking to fill my position at this store, I was incredibly excited. I instantly expressed an interest. After much discussion and thought, I applied for the position. Today she offered me the job and I accepted. I start there on February 7th, just a week from now. I know time is going to fly and that day will be here before I know it! I’m very excited, hopeful, and nervous!
Transferring to this location is really going to cut out a lot of added travel time and distance to the people and places I love most. Joe and my Dad both work right across the street and Christina’s house (where I am every Monday) will now be over 20 miles closer. Family dinners on Sunday night with everyone will also be a much easier task since we normally eat at a restaurant in Brea to get somewhat in the middle between Mom’s house and Christina’s house. I should also mention the stores close proximity to Disneyland, another family favorite. 😁
The Brea store is quite different from the one I am in right now. Currently, I work in Lakewood. Business is two different beasts at each store, but beasts nonetheless. I opened the Lakewood store in June of 2013 with a handpicked crew and we were hot right from the get-go. Our goal was to rebuild the business in the area after having closed the original powerhouse Lakewood location about 3 years previously. We had a slow but steady start and in no time, business was picking up and the money was coming in. We were so pleased that the store was gaining real momentum. Shortly after opening, staff began to change slightly as it always does in business. Currently, myself and one other employee, Vince, are the only two remaining original members of the Lakewood store. Now that I am leaving, Vince will carry the torch, and I know he will carry it fantastically. The Brea location is a high volume, high traffic, fast paced environment. It’s something I’m certainly no stranger to. It’ll take me a bit to get reacquainted to such high traffic, but I’m up for the challenge. I can only hope this move proves to be a major success for me. At least it’s a familiar place and I have that to carry me through the beginning of the transition.
She was scared again. Seems she was scared a lot these days. Time for a deep breath and another plunge in. It was the only way to get where she wanted to go. So in she went.
To my current staff: You mean the world to me. There are days I got out of bed and could hardly find it in me to come in with a smile on my face, and every one of those days, you managed to put a smile there. It’s incredibly hard for me to leave 2745. I hope you understand why I have chosen this path and will continue to support me. We have shared so much together that I will never be able to forget. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for accepting me at every facet (good and bad) and having my back when I needed you most. You’re not just coworkers, you’re family. Even in distance, we will remain in touch. Please know that I love you all and I will always be here for you in whatever you may need. #menswe for life.
To my new staff: I am so thankful you are giving me this opportunity for growth and change. I am very excited to get to know those of you I do not now yet and rekindle relationships that already exist. Take it easy on me at first, I’ll be slowly adjusting! I hope to be a leader and trainer that you all deserve; I’ll be the first to admit I have very big shoes to fill, but it is my goal to do so. Together, I want us to work hard, play hard, be successful, and have fun while doing so!
Change can be difficult, but sometimes it is absolutely necessary. I am doing what I feel is best for me, my family and the prosperity of my life. Here’s to diving in and taking plunge!
I will be sure to keep everyone updated on my progress through this major transition. Words of advice or encouragement would be greatly appreciated!