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Katrina Fryar Colletonian of the week.

Katrina Fryar’s smile flashes at customers as they walk into Walterboro’s ACE Hardware. She is known by her co-workers for her ability to warmly welcome customers and fluidly remember their names. “I just like making people smile,” she said. Fryar, 24, is a Walterboro native. She is working as a cashier at the local retail store while preparing for a career in accounting. Katrina’s goals are to be a mom, an accountant and to keep her roots growing in her hometown. “I’m an aspiring accountant taking a break from school right now,” she said, “but I’m really close to my family. And I see myself staying here, being a part of my family, and trying to make my community better.”

The daughter of Katherine and Kenneth Fryar, Katrina is the middle child of three. Reading and going to an occasional movie are her favorite pastimes, but she does admit that leaving town on a whim is her favorite thing to do. “I always try to go somewhere I’ve never been before,” she said. “There’s so much to see, and I like meeting new people and talking to new people. There is never anyone who I don’t like and who I can’t talk to,” she said, laughing.

Fryar has been working at ACE for two years. She earned the job after making an impression on another ACE employee: “I was working at Burger King at the time, and this lady, who is now my coworker, came in every day,” said Fryar.

“She started asking me to come work at ACE, and then she introduced me to her boss. And I got the job.”

Fryar says she loves working at the hardware store because she says “the store is like a family, and I like that.” “I love the people I work with,” she said. “My life is centered around my family … to be a mom would be great, and I would like to keep living here because I think things can be done better here.”

The happy cashier says she doesn’t necessarily want to run for a political office, but believes that she can make a difference every day simply by helping her fellow Colletonians. “I’m all for helping anyone. If I can, I will,” she said. “That’s how you make it better, by helping people who live in your community.”

 

Heather Walters (457 Posts)