By  on July 21, 2008

Known internally as “Mr. Westport,” Bill Mitchell, vice-chairman, may have recently passed ownership to the next generation but he still acts as one of the store’s primary ambassadors, both on its sales floor and within the community.

“I used to have a drinking problem,” he says in his distinct, gravelly toned voice. “Eighteen years ago I went to AA and I haven’t had a drink since. And I speak this way because I had a perforated esophagus. Because of those two experiences I try to give back to those less fortunate.”

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