Local Sobeys stores offering sensory friendly shopping hours
Posted Oct 10, 2019 05:57:00 PM.
Walk in to a local Sobeys on a Wednesday evening, and at first glance, there's something noticeably different about the store. The aisles have a library-like quietness to it and the lights are a little dimmer.
That’s because every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sobeys offers “sensory friendly shopping”. It’s part of an initiative that stemmed from a Prince Edward Island Sobeys store and has since
Rochelle Bomans of the Ira Needles location of Sobeys said the program soft-launched at her store in late August. She’s
“Everyone’s getting such great responses,” Bomans said. “There are lots of people coming into the store saying: ‘This is fantastic.’ There are people with small babies that love it because it’s quieter. We
Bomans explained they lower the lights in-store by 50 percent, they turn the speakers off, the phone ringers
These shopping hours provide a tremendous benefit for individuals on the autism spectrum. Vanessa
“Most of the time, grocery stores are very busy,
Sobeys spearheaded their initiative to help individuals on the autism spectrum with light and noise sensitivities, but Bomans noticed many customers enjoy the experience for the simple peace
“We have a lady who comes in every week who loves it,” Bomans said. “She said: ‘I work
Bomans hopes other retailers will follow suit and offer a similar program to help cater to families and individuals on the autism spectrum.
It’s a small gesture, but
“With continued awareness, advocacy and education, more and more retailers like Sobeys are offering sensory friendly environments for individuals on the autism spectrum, and promoting inclusivity in their respected communities.”