press release

March 26, 2014

Christopher Brand
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Carlisle, PA – To help ease the grocery shopping experience for parents with special needs children, MARTIN’S Food Markets has introduced Caroline’s Cart at its store located at 2250 John Rolfe Parkway in Richmond. Created specifically for special needs children, Caroline’s Cart provides parents and caregivers with a viable option to transport their child through the grocery store, without simultaneously having to maneuver both a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart. This is the first MARTIN’S in the greater Richmond area to offer Caroline’s Cart.

“We’re thrilled to be able to introduce Caroline’s Cart to our shoppers,” said Carlos Costas, store manager. “Traditional grocery carts aren’t always the best fit for some of our customers, and with Caroline’s Cart, we are able to better accommodate parents who have special needs children.”

Named after Caroline, the special needs daughter of Drew Ann and David Long, Drew Ann saw the need for Caroline’s Cart after realizing her daughter would outgrow a typical shopping cart. She founded Parent Solution Group, LLC, designed the cart, applied for a patent and enlisted the services of legal and business professionals to help her bring the cart to market. For more information, visit


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and