Customers dining in or stopping to pick up food from Showmars in Mint Hill have probably noticed a giant banner hanging near the registers, thanking Lanny Barr for 20 years of reliable service. Not only is Barr celebrating two decades of employment with the business, he’s also hitting that impressive landmark at the age of 38.
“We’re really appreciative of all that he has done and is willing to do for the store,” said Manager Tommy Racano, who has worked with Barr about five and a half years. “He’s definitely a valuable asset.”
Barr started in 1994 at Showmars’ original location in Mint Hill,
doing prep work in the kitchen. He was with the company when they expanded to their current, larger location on Mat- thews Mint Hill Road. Now that he’s moved up to assistant manager, his responsibilities are as varied as handling money to running expo to managing calls for to-go orders. “I like the people,” said Barr. “The people I work with and
Barr’s coworkers unanimously agree that he’s a supportive assistant manager. “He’s always willing to be flexible with his scheduling and help anybody out that needs it,” said Racano. A perfect example is his recent switch to night shift. While he had previously worked during the day, Barr traded with another manager, Tia Vang, when he learned it would make things easier on her.
“That just shows how big of a heart he has, how he cares about me and
my family,” she said. Vang has worked with Barr for 12 years. “I just love him on the team. We’ve grown to know each other and I appreciate that he’s my friend.”