99-year-old man Nordstrom's sole store greeter

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ARCADIA (CBSLA.com) - A 99-year-old man is the only store greeter employed by Nordstrom.

"This is my home right here," said Ted DiNunzio, who turns 100 on Dec. 30. "They say, 'Can you help me?' I say, 'By all means, that's what I'm here for.'"

DiNunzio retired from being a meat cutter in the 1980s to help his wife.

"She had cancer. I had to retire so I could take care of her," he said.

After she passed away, he realized he needed a way to stay connected.

"When you get old, you gotta keep moving around. You can't just sit down and watch TV," said DiNunzio.

A Nordstrom opened at Westfield Santa Anita mall in 1994. One of its first customers was DiNunzio. It didn't take long before they hired him.

"I've been standing for 13 years," he said. "I have to have good shoes."

DiNunzio has quite an audience.

"Especially on Saturdays...they come in droves," he said.

DiNunzio, of course, tries to speak to all the shoppers.

"I don't want to miss anyone," he said.

Although most customers respond, a few just walk by.

"It doesn't bother me. You gotta be nice to everybody. That's the secret. Be nice to people, so they can come back," he said.

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