Willie, beloved parrot, retires from 'job' at Boscov's

Bird known to generations of shoppers in Berks

WYOMISSING, Pa. - A beloved bird known to generations of Boscov's shoppers in Berks County has called it a career.

Willie the parrot has retired, leaving his perch above the toy department on the lower level of Boscov's at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing.

Willie had been with Boscov's for more than 50 years, spending decades greeting shoppers, first at the former Boscov's West store in Sinking Spring and then at the Berkshire Mall.

"Hello" and "crackers" were long known to be his two favorite words.

"Almost every kid in this area grew up with Willie," Al Boscov told 69 News before Willie's move from Sinking Spring to Wyomissing in 2002.

Boscov's said Willie is doing well. He is happy and enjoying a quiet retirement.

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