WALMART customers can expect some big changes in the mega stores in the coming weeks.
The retail giant has announced plans to introduce sensory-friendly shopping hours at many locations across the country.
Shopping hours went into effect on July 8 in select stores, but others will have to wait a little longer to take advantage of the ‘quieter’ shopping experience.
In areas of the country where schools do not resume until after Labor Day, sensory-friendly hours begin on July 22.
The special hours are held throughout August to give the children enough time to find things to start school with.
Families should hit the stores between 8am and 10am for sensory shopping.
“Walmart has prepared to ensure that this year’s back-to-school shopping experience is exactly what it was meant to be — affordable, easy, and fun,” the company’s press release reads.
“We strive every day to create a culture where everyone feels like they belong,” the company added.
A Walmart spokesman confirmed to The US Sun that the department store hopes to offer more engagement to neurodivergent customers.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires stores to accommodate customers with all disabilities, including those with hearing, visual, and physical impairments.
“Static images will replace moving images on TVs and select stores will turn off radios and dim overhead lights to allow for a quieter and less stimulating shopping spree,” the spokesman said.
The representative added that the Sensory-Friendly Shopping Hours aim to make shopping more convenient for people with disabilities.
Walmart will also launch two more programs to help people prepare for the upcoming school year.
The company’s new classroom register aims to balance the amount teachers spend on their classrooms each year.
By registering, teachers can create a wish list for their classrooms online and through the store’s app.
Walmart has also established accounts with local public and private schools to donate tax-deductible funds to educational programs.
“Spark Good aims to provide customers with an opportunity to support the needs of the whole school by rounding up at checkout to give loose change or by purchasing items from a school’s Spark Good registry,” the company said.
Between the special sensory lessons and new school-focused programs, Walmart creates an inviting experience as kids head back into the classroom.