NEW KENSINGTON (KDKA) — The story of a local grandma and her now-famous Facebook farewell has gone viral with nearly 65,000 views on the social media platform.
Lisa Wilson was an evening supervisor at the Kmart in New Kensington. That location closed its doors Sunday after nearly 55 years in business. Lisa’s pleasant voice and bubbly personality were big attractions on the intercom system at the Kmart during the nearly 8 years she worked there.
“Sometimes they’d come up and say, ‘Oh, I thought that was a recording!’ And I’d say, ‘No, it’s just me.’ And they’d say, ‘That was really good!’ And I’d say, ‘Oh, I’m just trying out for KDKA. My future job,’” Wilson told KDKA’s Kym Gable.
She wanted to craft a heartfelt goodbye to her co-workers and customers as her very last announcement. Her daughter, Christina, came to the story and captured the touching moment on her cell phone.
Watch the full farewell below:
Wilson is seen and heard on the video saying, “The time now is 6 p.m., and the night has come that’s bittersweet. The New Kensington Kmart will no longer be the place to meet. Many loyal customers have shared good memories about our store, and we will always hold them dear, even after they lock our door.”
Lisa’s grandchildren lovingly called the store “Grammy’s K-Mart.”
“As we leave this final time I’m sure [there will] be laughter, hugs and a few tears,” Wilson said in the video. “Here’s to one last time of, ‘Security, clear the floor!’ Our New Kensington Kmart will be no more.”
As of late Monday night, the Facebook video had nearly 65,000 views.