Belk Department Store celebrated the retirement of Mason Smoot on Jan. 4.

Smoot used his customer service skills and professional know­ledge in men’s suits. During his tenure with Belk, he was awarded the Customer Service of Excellence award by the Chamber of Commerce. Smoot took great pride in ensuring his patrons were satisfied while fitting many wed­ding parties.

Store manager Matthew Bargoil said Smoot’s leadership and knowledge he shared has left an everlasting mark with the company.

Bargoil also said Smoot definitely will be missed by many and thanked him for a job well done.