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Wegmans offers new shopping carts for children with special needs

Wegmans is rolling out new carts that better support children with certain special needs.

The Firefly GoTo Shop cart is designed for children ages 2 to 8 or up to 77 pounds who need extra head and upper-body support. It is identical to a traditional cart but is adapted with an open front, making it easier to lift and fit children into the seat. It includes adjustable head and lateral supports as well as an adjustable, cushioned, five-point harness.

The carts are available at all Wegmans stores, including those in the Buffalo Niagara market.

Wegmans tested the carts after an Amherst customer whose daughter has special needs asked the company if it would consider offering them.

Wegmans first piloted the carts at its stores in Pittsford and on Alberta Drive in Amherst. It rolled them out chain-wide after the tests were successful.

The carts are designed by Leckey, a mobility equipment maker based in Northern Ireland, and are manufactured by Peggs, an American cart supplier.

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