Reserved Veteran Parking space debuts at Food Lion in Columbus

Published 2:01 pm Friday, October 6, 2023

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Store manager proposed designated parking for active-duty military, veterans


COLUMBUS—Food Lion in Columbus recently debuted a parking space reserved for Veterans only. A blue and white sign marks the new designating parking.

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The idea was proposed by Columbus Food Lion store manager Michael Osborne, who received approval from Food Lion’s corporate offices after successfully implementing it at other stores. Osborne explained that providing a designated parking spot for active-duty military and veterans is a simple way to show appreciation for those who serve. 

“Our military veterans represent the towns and cities we serve, and Food Lion is committed to caring for our hometown heroes,” he said.

One customer, Anne Goodheart, expressed her appreciation for the new designated parking. 

“I’m not a veteran, but my father was,” says Goodheart. “I think it’s a beautiful thing to do for our local veterans, and the management team at the Food Lion deserves a lot of praise for the idea.” 

According to the latest census, Polk County has a higher percentage of veterans than most North Carolina counties, at 8.7%. Food Lion has long been a supporter of active-duty military and veteran associates and customers, offering several support services such as its Veterans & Military Business Resource Group. 

The chain has also partnered with organizations such as Purple Heart Homes and Wreaths Across America to support veterans, and it donated $360,000 to Operation Homefront in 2019 to provide critical financial assistance, including meals and grocery assistance, for American military families. 

Food Lion has nearly 300 stores within 10 miles of a military base. The Columbus store is located at 250 W. Mills St.