Farm and Fleet manager retires after 40 years at Rockford store

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - After 40 years of service to west side shoppers, Farm and Fleet employees say goodbye and happy retirement to its longtime store manager.

James Hoffman enjoyed some well-deserved cake and balloons after working his final day at a job he's worked at since the 1970's.

Hoffman says he will miss the great customers and associates at the West State Street Farm and Fleet the most. He says the best word to describe his final day is "melancholy" but he felt the time was right to say goodbye.

"I love my job and I am going to miss it but at my age, I decided I better take a little time off. But I love every minute that I've been here and wish I could stay on," said Hoffman.

Hoffman and his wife will be heading to Florida for a week or two. Outside of that, he says there are very few retirement plans other than gardening.