NEWCASTLE — Retirement strikes fear in some people, while others can’t wait for the chance to retire. But one person’s retirement can affect a lot of other people – that’s why there was a crowd at a convenience store in Newcastle on Thursday, when Dana Brown retired.

For the past 20 years, Brown has been at the cash register of a popular convenience store called Mike’s Place. Every weekday morning he’s been in the store by 4 a.m., brewing big pots of coffee and cooking dozens of breakfast sandwiches. At the same time, he has been the greeter, story teller, jokester and prime Red Sox fan for a steady parade of customers.

And on Thursday, those customers were out in force to thank Dana Brown and wish him well in retirement. One after another, he received handshakes, hugs, back slaps and good-natured jokes about whether he’ll be bored in retirement.

“Thanks, it’s been a pleasure” was his frequent reply.

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