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Shoppers, Employees At Ashton Place Kroger Have A Feline Friend

Reported: Feb. 27, 2014 1:15 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 27, 2014 1:57 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va.(Katelyn Sykes) – Shoppers at one Charleston store have been greeted by a friendly face for almost a decade.

If you have ever shopped at the Ashton Place Kroger, you might have noticed a cat hanging around the front door.

"One day about 10 years ago she just showed up,” Kroger employee Dean Winefordner said. “She was a little older than a kitten but not quite a cat yet. From then on, we just adopted her, took her in,took good care of her."

Winefordner has worked at the store for 23 years. He said when the cat first showed up, she wouldn’t let anyone have anything to do with her. But five years later it’s now become a mascot of sorts.

"All of the customers come in, they look for her, they like loving on her and leaving her treats and all kinds of good things," he said.

The cat is so popular that after giving birth to three litters of kittens, one customer paid to have her spayed.

Winefordner said dozens of customers drop off food for the feline and want to take care of her.

"A lot of times we'll come out and they'll be a customer actually bringing a can out or they'll be two or three of them standing there and each of them have a can of food trying to decide who is going to feed her," he said.

Winefordner said the cat never goes inside the store but sits patiently by the door.

"(The store manager’s) been wonderful letting us have her here. I think he realizes our customers love her, we love her. It's kind of like a little joy to have her here," he said.



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