PELHAM, N.Y. Peter Kissel has worked at DeCicco Food Market since 2009. He feels as though he is a part of the family even though he does not bear the same last name as the owner.
Kissel, a 10-year Mamaroneck resident who has worked at a variety of supermarkets throughout his career, lost his father a few years ago. When John DeCicco Sr. offered him a job, he gave him something much more valuable.
"He took me in as another son," Kissel said. "I'd do anything for the family."
DeCicco employs some of his family members to help in his store. Kissel is just one more member of an extended family.
"We're a family store," DeCicco said. "We try to help him out anyway we can, especially in these difficult times."
Kissel works as the meat manager for DeCicco Food Market. He praised his crew members Vincent, Liza, Julio and others because he "can't do anything without the crew."
Kissel and his crew fill orders for standard meats but also serve customers who want more exotic fare, including buffalo and alligator meat.
"Every day, the job is different," Kissel said.
Kissel said the store buys from local sources as often as possible and he does whatever he can to provide personalized service to each customer. He remembers customers' regular orders, which he said goes a long way.
"They'll remember that and they'll come back," Kissel said.
Kissel was born and raised in Harlem. He has worked at several different supermarkets in his lifetime, and now he has a new family.
"I wake up in the morning and I'm happy to come to work," Kissel said.
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