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Her smile will travel country

December 22, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - One of Fairmont's "helpful smiles" at Hy-Vee will be featured throughout the area.

Patti Grotzinger of Hy-Vee's floral department admits it was a fluke when she entered for a chance to be featured on a Hy-Vee semi-trailer.

"We have what they call 'Hy-Vee Connect,'" she said. "Anyone interested should submit a photo, and I decided on a whim to do it. I was almost too late. But I finally received notice in July that I'd been chosen. I went to Des Moines and had a photo shoot, and now the truck with my photo comes out in 2013."

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Patti Grotzinger holds a model of a Hy-Vee semi-trailer truck that features her face. Grotzinger was chosen earlier this year as a “helpful smile” to be featured on Hy-Vee semis.

Grotzinger has a model of the Hy-Vee semi-trailer with her likeness at the store. She shares the space with five other Hy-Vee employees.

"I didn't realize the face would be that big," she says. "It will be interesting to see what it looks like on the truck. I'm excited, but it's also like, 'Oh my goodness.'"

This isn't the first time a Fairmont Hy-Vee employee has been featured on a truck, but it is a rarity.

"I know when we were in the old store, there was a girl from the meat department who was featured," Grotzinger recalled. "So maybe I'm the second one ... A lot of people haven't known anyone featured on a truck. It'll be neat to have people see it and say, 'I know that person.'"

Grotzinger has been at Hy-Vee for 28 years.

"I started when we were in the old Mr. Movies area," she said. "I was in the grocery, the bakery, all over. Then in '94, they moved me over to the floral department, because I do all the signs and they noticed I had some artistic ability. I had done some silk arrangements on my own, and also took art in college."

It is not known how many semis on which Grotzinger's face will be featured, but she is hoping to have one stop at the Fairmont Hy-Vee.

"I really hope to catch an actual truck, so someone can take a picture of my by my picture on the truck," she said.



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