(ANSA) – SAN MARCO LA CATOLA, AUG 24 – His name is Antonio Recchia, he is 90 years old in July and every day, for over 52 years, he goes to his hardware store located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele in San Marco La Catola, in the Foggia area. He is one of the oldest traders in the Foggia area and probably in Italy.
“I opened this shop in January 1970 – Uncle Antonio tells ANSA, as he is known in the small community -. My day is normal, I get up in the morning, I have breakfast with milk and some biscuits and then I go down here in shop”. Antonio lived for 13 years abroad, in Switzerland, where he worked as a welder in a truck factory.
“When my two children had to start school – he remembers – we were forced to return to San Marco La Catola to let them attend the Italian school”. In his shop he sells a bit of everything: from detergents to paints and duplicates the keys.
It is only in its business. Until recently, his wife Giuseppina was with him, who later passed away, who helped him keep the shop in order. When asked if at 90 he feels a little tired, Antonio replies: “I don’t feel tired at all, on the contrary I get tired and I get bored staying at home”. Uncle Antonio is loved by everyone in the country. “Everyone here is nice and friendly to me. When they find the shop closed, my customers get worried and come home to see if everything is okay.”