Welcome to OCDO!!! Stick around and you will learn a lot!!! Sorry to hear about your negative experience. There is no open carry law in VA, meanin you won't find a law that explicitly allows OC. If a law does not prohibit it then it is legal. I have bought alcohol many times at the grocery store while carrying. The store employee is flat out wrong. Have you contacted management at Food Lion yet? My guess is that their official policy will be at odds with wht the employee told you. I believe the judge in Skid's case was Judge Zepkin. If you are not already a member you should Check out the Virginia Citizens Defense League. It is a great group dedicated to gun rights in VA. If you go to their website you can sign up for VA-ALERT (on the right side of the page) which is a free email system that will keep you informed about everything gun-related going on in the state. The website is http://www.vcdl.org. Good luck with everything.