With 21 years of experience in the grocery business, he has worked at four store companies.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Nathan Clary is the new manager at Erickson's Thriftway in Madras.Nathan Clary, 36, became the new manager of the Madras Erickson's Thriftway grocery store on Oct. 31.

Clary has 21 years of experience in the grocery business, starting as bottle counter at age 16. He progressed to produce clerk, managing dairy, freight and other departments, and working his way up to store manager by age 28.

Born and raised in Bend, Clary has worked for a variety of groceries.

"I started at a grocery in Sisters and have worked in Central Oregon and parts of Northern California. I worked 18 years for Ray's Food Place, one year for Fred Meyer and two years at Food4Less," he said. At the Madras Erickson's, he manages operations and around 50 employees.

Clary was the assistant manager at Food4Less prior to accepting the Madras job and purchasing a house here. His family includes his mother and sister, who also live in Central Oregon.

At the store, he said a new deli program is being developed.

He said his business visions for the store include "Continuing to serve the community in a locally owned and operated store with integrity, and continuing to supply the community with a great place to work."

Commenting on what attracts him to the grocery business, Clary said, "I like the interacting with the public, helping people out and making them smile. I like training employees and other store directors and watching them succeed.

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