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Grocery Shopping Made Easier for Parents with Special Needs Children

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Grocery Shopping Made Easier for Parents with Special Needs Children

Nov 10, 2015

First West Coast grocer to carry Caroline’s Carts chain-wide

Modesto, CA-- Pushing a traditional grocery cart and a wheelchair at the same time through a store is challenging for many families. But thanks to a suggestion made by a Central Valley mom, Carolina Alfaro, Save Mart Supermarkets has now made a Caroline’s Cart available in all 211 Save Mart, Lucky and Food Maxx stores throughout the greater Bay Area, northern/central California and northern Nevada.

“Most people don’t realize what a task it is for a special needs parent to maneuver a wheelchair in a store as they stuff groceries onto their child’s lap or in a small wheelchair basket,” said Alfaro, a regular shopper at our Turlock store. “I’m ecstatic this cart will bring equal opportunity to special needs families in every community Save Mart serves.”

Caroline’s Cart is a shopping cart for special needs children created by an Alabama mother who named her invention after her daughter. When one of Save Mart’s customers needed one, the company immediately responded and ordered some. But it quickly became clear that each of our stores should have one. Save Mart is the first West Coast grocer to carry a Caroline’s Cart chain-wide.

"I’m grateful to Carolina Alfaro for reaching out to us. Creating a remarkable shopping experience in our stores is our goal, and ensuring the ease of navigating down our aisles for those with special needs is essential,” said Nicole Pesco, Co-President and Chief Strategy and Branding Officer.

To make the shopping experience as convenient as possible for those with special needs, shoppers can simply call ahead to our stores, and the Caroline’s Cart will be brought to their car. For more information about Caroline’s Cart, please visit: www.CarolinesCart.com.

For more information or to shoot video/pictures of the cart at a store, Photos attached: 1) Caroline’s Cart from store 2) Store signage 3) Caroline’s Cart from manufacturer, Technibilt. please contact Nannette Miranda at 925.833.6136.

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Based in the heart of the Central Valley, Save Mart Supermarkets is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs over 16,000 team members and operates 211 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and Maxx Value Foods. In addition to its retail operation, Save Mart owns and operates two distribution centers, Smart Refrigerated Transport, Yosemite Wholesale Warehouse, and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI)—which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield, and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information on the company, visit www.SaveMart.com.