CONGRATULATIONS! Carol Kelly celebrates 50 years at Alki Spud Fish and Chips

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Carol Kelly says managing Alki Spud Fish and Chips is all about “family.” Her own family (above, daughters Ashley and Victoria at left, husband Harry with Carol at right) joined her there this afternoon for the celebration of her 50 years working there.

That big card was there to gather well-wishes, and of course there was cake:

There also were proclamations – this was officially declared Carol Kelly Day in both Seattle and King County!

The proclamations from Mayor Bruce Harrell and King County Executive Dow Constantine (a former Spud employee) note fun facts about Carol’s tenure, in addition to those mentioned in our preview – she started for $1.85 an hour in 1972, hired by the son of one of the brothers who founded Alki Spud in 1935. She also was lauded for her “kindness, leadership, and service.”

While another 50 years might not be likely, Carol told a well-wisher, she’s nowhere near ready to leave yet!

4 Replies to "CONGRATULATIONS! Carol Kelly celebrates 50 years at Alki Spud Fish and Chips"

  • Robert Goulet October 11, 2022 (10:20 pm)

    Congratulations Carol.  I remember you from the late 70’s when Spuds was my go to place in West Seattle for fish and chips.  It was nice to see you still there when I returned to Seattle in 2015.  There’s been a lot of change to the area, but it’s great to see Spuds and one of their best still behind the register!

  • Friend O'Dinghus October 12, 2022 (3:11 am)

    You are an inspiration Carol. Thank you so much for everything you bring everyday to our community.

  • Karen October 12, 2022 (3:28 am)

    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Carol.  Congratulations and thank you for all your time and hard work with your sense of community and family 

  • waikikigirl October 12, 2022 (7:43 am)

    There must not have been child working laws back when Carol started at Spud’s cuz she could had only  been maybe 5 yrs old?!?!? All kidding aside, congratulations to you Carol, 50 yrs at one job is an amazing accomplishment. And the things and changes you have seen in those 50 years…oh the stories you could tell…you should write a book! 

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