In the latest Meet the Team feature, we had a chat with Chris Hawker, who is the manager of our centre in Ellesmere Port, close to Cheshire Oaks. Chris kindly answered our weird and wonderful questions so we could all get to know him a little better. Read on to find out more!
What’s your full name and job title?
Chris Hawker – store manager.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had?
I have had a few interesting jobs but I think the one that sticks out was Mecca Bingo where I was a bingo caller.
If you could swap jobs with one person in the company, who would it be and why?
Oh this is a hard one, I would normally say the operations director or regional manager positions but I am going to say I would swap with Ali or David in our marketing department because I enjoy our in-house marketing so much, I would like to work with the other stores on their marketing and ideas they have and help push them forward.
What 3 words do you think best describe Store First?
Simple honest pricing.
What 3 words do you think best describe you?
Customer focused, workaholic, banter.
What’s the weirdest/most challenging thing you’ve ever had to do here?
The most challenging thing ever? I would say being promoted to store manager and ensuring the store’s growth continued and planning the right marketing strategy for this to continue.
What’s your favourite film/film quote?
Beverly Hills Cop – Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley – “This is the cleanest and nicest police car I’ve ever been in in my life. This thing’s nicer than my apartment.”
What’s your proudest moment at Store First?
Proudest moment? I would say getting a job with Store First as I have really enjoyed my time with Store First. It’s a great company to work for and plenty of opportunities to progress within the company as I was promoted to store manager.
What is an interesting, random fact about yourself?
I am a qualified Close Protection Officer.
Do you have a work nickname? What is it?
Joker, as I love winding people up and having a laugh.
What’s your most embarrassing moment at work?
I think my most embarrassing moment was when I was signing a customer up and I bent over and oh yes, the trousers ripped.
What’s your favourite place to travel to?
Blackpool, I love the nightlife there and the Pleasure Beach.
How do you define success?
I believe success is not only what you achieve, but supporting others to achieve success.
If a film was made of your life, who would you want to play you and why?
Eddie Murphy, only because he’s such a great actor and winds people up.
If you could be any person in history for a day, who would it be and why?
I am a big Liverpool fan and I would have to say Bill Shankly – fantastic manager and amazing passion for the game. Never Walk Alone.
If you could interview any person in history, who would it be and why?
George Mottershead founder of Chester Zoo, I would have loved to interview him because he had a vision, despite every kind of obstacle thrown at him he managed to set up the UK’S number one zoo.
If you could only drink one drink for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I will get stick for this, especially from my friends – WKD Blue, because I have a wicked side.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
KFC’S Zinger Wicked Tower meal, because it’s finger lickin’ good.
If you could be an animal for a day, what animal would you be and why?
I am a big animal lover and if I could be an animal for a day it would have to be a Jaguar – fantastic animal, they are quick, lovely looking and strong animals.
If you were stuck on an island and could only take 3 things with you, what would they be and why?
If I was stuck on an island I would have to take my celebrity crush, Emma Bunton, from the former girl band The Spice Girls – why not? She’s such a babe. I would then have to take electricity and a TV so I wouldn’t miss The Only Way Is Essex.
Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to know.
I use to play semi-professional football and in my younger years I was part of the England International Cross Country Running Team.
Who is your idol and why?
I don’t really have an idol, but I have a lot of respect for two people at Store First. When I first started with the company I had a lot of support from Dave Marsden, who at the time was our Ellesmere Port centre manager and is now a Regional Manager, and Chris Dowsett, our Preston store manager. Both were always on hand for any help I needed or advice, which helped me to develop my skills and knowledge of this great storage industry we are in.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate – just ask my staff and customers, I’m a little bugger for my chocolate, no chocolate makes Mr Hawker unhappy.
What’s your favourite TV show?
Oh no, I’m going to get some stick for this – The Only Way Is Essex, I have to have my TOWIE fix.
What’s the oldest thing in your fridge?
One of my staff members – ssshhhhhh, don’t tell anyone though.
Do you play any instruments or have any talents or hobbies?
I have a lot of hobbies but the one I enjoy most is mixed martial arts.
Do you have any weird phobias?
Oh I can’t tell you that, my staff and customers would use this to their advantage.
If you could choose only one superpower, what superpower would you choose?
If I had a superpower it would have to be one where I could wipe away serious illnesses.
Contact Store First, Ellesmere Port
Speak to Chris and the team at Store First, Ellesmere Port by calling them on 0151 341 7000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Find them here:
Stanney Mill Road