IF someone had told Swan Valley resident Curtis Unger that he would one day become the youngest person in WA to manage a Coles supermarket, he would not have believed them.
Mr Unger joined the company as a 16-year-old in 2008 and has worked his way up the ranks to become store manager of the new Coles Caversham, which opened its doors a fortnight ago.
“It’s hard to believe that only seven years ago I was having my first shift at Coles Mundaring,” he said.
“Now I’m in charge of running a brand-new store.”
The 23-year-old will oversee an 88-person team, including three butchers and bakers.
The new manager said it was the people part of the job that he found most rewarding.
“Working in a team environment has definitely been the highlight of my career,” he said.
“I feel really honoured to be surrounded by such wonderful people every day.”
With seven years of service under his belt, Mr Unger said he would love to be a regional manager while still in his 20s.
“The youngest regional manager in WA was 26 years old,” he said.
“So I’ve got a couple more years to beat that.”
n COLES Ellenbrook is raising funds for families affected by cancer.
According to research commissioned by Coles and Redkite, more than 90 per cent of Australian mothers believe their children’s health is more important than their own.
The research also showed parents in WA overwhelmingly consider health as the most important factor when it comes to their children.
Ellenbrook shoppers can donate to Redkite at Coles to help provide financial and emotional support to children and young people with cancer and their families.