If Grocery Shopping Stresses You Out, Garden City’s Walmart Can Help
Rolling Back the Sensory Overload
Have you heard? Walmart rolled out sensory-friendly in-store shopping hours to accommodate shoppers with sensitives to light, sound, and mobile graphics and images. If you missed the announcement, so did we.
Every Saturday since July 8, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Walmart in Garden City has substituted mobile graphics and images in favor of static ones. The neighborhood grocery store also dimmed overhead lights and muted the musical stylings of Walmart Radio.
Accommodating All Shoppers
America's largest retailer added the special hours to accommodate those who have autism, other differently-abled people, and neuro-divergent customers. Julie Barber, Executive Vice President of General Merchandise, mentioned the initiative in a post outlining Walmart's annual back-to-school savings plan:
We are striving every day to create a culture where everyone feels they belong. This year, Walmart is taking steps toward creating a quieter shopping environment that’s more enjoyable for customers who live with sensory disabilities.
There are two Saturdays left before Garden City's Walmart does away with the sensory-friendly shopping hours. But why? Unless Walmart knows something we don't, we're pretty sure people with sensory sensitivities and the neuro-diverse will still need groceries after Aug. 26.
Can Garden City Be Convinced to Keep Sensory-Friendly Hours?
Tell us what you think! How have Walmart's sensory-friendly hours been helpful to you and yours? If enough of us chime in, maybe we'll convince the Garden City store to continue the weekly initiative. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Idaho Women Face Off in a Grocery Store Checkout Line
Idaho Karen had had enough. Somewhere between the bread and the pound cake, she blurted out,
Oh, my God! Could you move any slower! I’ve gotta get my son in Eagle in 20 minutes!
Tap here to see what happens next!
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