San Antonio H-E-B threw this 90-year-old partner a puro birthday party

Happy birthday, Alfredo!

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Happy birthday, Alfredo!

Happy birthday, Alfredo!

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When your coworker has a milestone birthday, you usually have some cake in their honor. One San Antonio grocery store did much more than that when an H-E-B partner turned 90 years old last month.

Alfredo Cantu, a customer service associate that helps with bagging items, turned 90 on November 17, prompting a Texas-sized celebration. The in-store birthday party came about after Marlene Lyon, the store’s administrator, suggested the idea to the manager. Lyon wanted to acknowledge the milestone since Cantu, who has been with H-E-B for 29 years, doesn’t have any family in San Antonio. After getting approval from her manager, things started coming together to celebrate Cantu.

The planners behind the party made sure to spruce up the break room for the occasion.

The planners behind the party made sure to spruce up the break room for the occasion.

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In addition to putting up silver-and-gold decor to mark the occasion, the puro party planners also secured a huge sheet cake with Cantu’s photo on it, ginormous balloons, and set Cantu up with birthday dollars pinned to his shirt.

Happy birthday, Alfredo!

Happy birthday, Alfredo!

Courtesy of H-E-B
The H-E-B bakery came through with a wonderful cake for Cantu.

The H-E-B bakery came through with a wonderful cake for Cantu.

Courtesy of H-E-B

Julie Bedingfield, a public affairs manager for H-E-B, told MySA that Cantu was pleasantly surprised by the party.

“It meant a lot to him that all the managers and other Partners were there to celebrate with him,” Bedingfield said in an email. “He actually teared up when he entered the room and when we sang 'Happy Birthday’ to him!”

Cantu is a customer service associate and has worked for H-E-B for 29 years.

Cantu is a customer service associate and has worked for H-E-B for 29 years.

Courtesy of H-E-B

San Antonians shouldn’t be surprised if they see another party in Cantu’s honor in the future. Though he’s now a nonagenarian, Cantu still drives and loves spending time with his cat.

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