CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Getting a good spot at the grocery never seems easy. People are always snatching the ones you want by the door. Get there late during peak business hours-- you're out of luck.
The Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids has posted these signs at two prime parking spaces. Forrest Saunders/KCRG-TV9)
Unless you’re grabbing groceries at the Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids. It’s there the store has set aside two quality spots for... well... superheroes.
Not the caped crusading kind. The homegrown kind of hero. Specifically, veterans, active duty men and women--- EMTs, police and fire officials.
"A store director at another store thought of the idea,” said Dave Blum, director at the Oakland Hy-Vee. “Now, we're all just running with it because it's such a great idea."
Oakland is Cedar Rapids' first Hy-Vee to do this. In Iowa, a Muscatine Hy-Vee was one of the first to try it.
"It's such an easy thing that we could do to say thank you," said Emily Bockelman, the Muscatine Hy-Vee manager.
While the spot there wasn't used frequently-- likely out of modesty-- the pair in Cedar Rapids are getting filled.
"This is a very rare occasion that it was free for us to stand in,” said Blum. “It has been used. It's been used by the people it's intended to be used for."
More than just a couple good parking spots— they’re meant to be a gesture. A thank you, said Blum, to the men and women who may not be the mask wearing kind of heroes, but are certainly the local ones.