AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s Ophie Garcia Day in Austin on Wednesday.

The City of Austin, led by District 8 Council Member Paige Ellis, honored Ofelia “Ophie” Garcia, 84, and her 56 years of service with H-E-B at 10:30 a.m. at the new store located at 7901 U.S. Highway 290. That’s where US 290 intersects with FM 1826 in southwest Austin.

The ceremony proclaimed Dec. 22 as Ophie Garcia Day. Garcia spent most of her 56 years as part of the staff at the former H-E-B store at the Oak Hill “Y.” She started working for H-E-B in 1965, and was the company’s second-longest tenured employee when she retired this past August. The only person to have worked for H-E-B longer is Charles Butt, the company’s CEO, making her the longest-tenured retail worker the chain has ever had.

“I love my customers, I have a passion for them. I have stayed so long. They mean a lot to me. [I want] to give them the best service H-E-B can offer,” said Garcia.

  • The City of Austin, led by District 8 Council Member Paige Ellis, will honor Ofelia "Ophie" Garcia, 84, and her 56 years of service with H-E-B. (KXAN Photo)
  • The City of Austin, led by District 8 Council Member Paige Ellis, will honor Ofelia "Ophie" Garcia, 84, and her 56 years of service with H-E-B. (KXAN Photo)

Garcia worked as a cosmetician in the store’s cosmetics department, and before her retirement, she transitioned to a door greeter and helped customers with Spanish translations in the pharmacy and business center, the company said in a press release.