Big Y Debuts Shopping Carts for Special Needs Children

Big Y Debuts Shopping Carts for Special Needs Children


- Thursday, July 09, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MA (July 9, 2014) – Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have installed Caroline’s Carts in 44 of their supermarkets as of July 1. Caroline’s Cart is a shopping cart for special needs older children and some adults.

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It provides parents and caregivers a viable option for transporting a child through a store while grocery shopping, without having the impossible task of maneuvering a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart at the same time. Caroline’s Cart is named after Caroline, the special needs daughter of Drew Ann and David Long of Alabama.

According to their web site, www.carolinescart.com, Drew Ann Long saw the need for Caroline’s Cart after realizing that her daughter would outgrow a typical shopping cart. She designed the cart and worked with the world’s largest cart manufacturer, Technibilt to produce and distribute these carts.

Big Y is the first retailer in Western New England to provide Caroline’s Carts for their shoppers. Their program is in collaboration with Proctor and Gamble. Big Y management will continue to monitor cart usage and add to their list of stores providing these carts since space constraints make it difficult to have them in every store.

“At Big Y, we are proud to provide Caroline’s carts so that families with older special needs children can enjoy the freedom of shopping without the challenges of maneuvering a wheelchair and a traditional shopping cart at the same time. Caroline’s carts help us to fulfill our vision to our communities of providing a personal shopping experience that makes daily life easier, more healthful and more enjoyable” according to Big Y executive vice president, Michael P. D’Amour. 

Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England.  Proud to be family owned and operated, they currently operate 63 locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a “Y”.


 



 

 

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Big Y Debuts Shopping Carts for Special Needs Children


- Thursday, July 09, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MA (July 9, 2014) – Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have installed Caroline’s Carts in 44 of their supermarkets as of July 1. Caroline’s Cart is a shopping cart for special needs older children and some adults.

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