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Slow Shopping Experience

Sainsbury’s supermarket in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne has launched a new shopping experience to help people with mental and physical disabilities. Weekly 2hr “Slow Shopping” sessions offer a friendlier, more relaxed atmosphere and staff have been trained to offer a helping hand. The store provides additional seating and help desks, offers fruit and cake samples, and packs items for customers. Customer Katherine Vero campaigned for slow shopping after her mother suffered from dementia. She said: “My mum used to love shopping, but as her dementia developed it became increasingly difficult and stressful for us both. When she passed away I wanted to make the experience better for other people. I was delighted when Sainsbury’s agreed to help me trial it. I hope other retailers will follow.” View Article

Do you think Slow Shopping is a good idea? Would you like to see Slow Shopping in Sheffield? Please let us know in your comments.



  • robert moody:

    19 Sep 2016 16:18:01

    excellent idea

  • Rachel Masheder:

    19 Sep 2016 21:13:55

    I think it is an excellent idea. People with disabilities should still be able to go shopping and have an enjoyable, stress free experience. Would love to see Sheffield follow suit and trail slow shopping.

  • gill price:

    28 Sep 2016 17:23:42

    very good idea, 2 hours once a week is a start.. hopefully lots of shops and stores could be supportive, they’ll get our slow money too!

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