- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man who used to work at Buffett & Son grocery in the 1950s is sharing tales of his high school job with visitors at the Durham Museum’s replica of the old store.

Hal Capps, 79, volunteers in the museum’s archives department and makes appearances in the replica store during special events and tours. He relishes in his ability to once again put on his butcher’s apron and step behind the counter.

“It’s so much fun to tell the kids about the old store,” Capps said.

On a recent afternoon, Capps hosted two dozen students from Millard Children’s Academy while they were on a field trip at the Durham Museum.

The children gathered at the grocery counter while Capps pointed out the difference between today’s supermarkets and the neighborhood grocery stores of times past, when clerks would take a customer’s shopping list and grab all of the items on it for them, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1Mwo0Vn ) reported.

He showed off the equipment in the replica grocery store, including a meat cleaver, balance scales and a sliding ladder, all of which were a part of the original Buffett & Son store before it closed in 1969.

“You like my pencil holder?” Capps asked the children as he tucked a pencil behind his ear. “That’s my printer. And there’s my computer,” he said, pointing to the nearby cash register.

In addition to the absence of shopping carts, he also explained how there didn’t used to be plastic bags, packaged foods and bar codes.

Capps credits Buffett & Son with teaching him good work habits and the value of customer service.

His father, Harold, worked at the family-owned business for 40 years as the right-hand man to manager Fred Buffett, uncle of businessman and investor Warren Buffet, who worked at the store before Capps.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com


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