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Richmond residents honk to show appreciation at King’s Your Independent Grocer

Cars and trucks circled the King’s Your Independent Grocer parking lot Monday, honking their horns to show their appreciation for the store’s service to the community.
Jeff Morris photo

By Jeff Morris

Manotick Messenger/Richmond Hub

Many Richmond residents paraded around the parking lot of King’s Your Independent Grocer in Richmond Monday afternoon to express their gratitude to store owner Chris King and his staff.

“In our times of need, I feel that King’s Independent has gone far and beyond to serve us, they have kept positive attitudes and the number of online grocery shopping has increased,” said Wendy Ferguson-Vaughn, who organized the rally in a Facebook post.  “They all have been busy and hard working.”

Dozens of vehicles turned up at 1 p.m. and circled the parking lot, honking their horns. Several staff members came outside to wave, with some taking videos of the event with their phones.

Staff member Pat Cockram posted a video on the Richmond Group Facebook page, expressing thanks to those who turned up.

“I am attaching a video so that you can all see what an amazing village we live in,” Cockram wrote. “On behalf of Mr. King and all staff members we thank you for your support and understanding during COVID-19.”

Monday afternoon was chosen because that was when most full time staff members were at the store. Ferguson-Vaughn is hoping to have another rally in the parking lot at 1 p.m. Saturday to show appreciation for the store’s part time staff.