At the end of April, we told you about the thoughtfulness of ASDA Living Store Manager, Simon Lea. He decided to trial a 'Quiet Hour' for shoppers who live with Autism or a Disability.
His ASDA Living store held their first 'Quiet Hour' on Saturday 7th May at 8am. Simon Lea has since reported the shopping event a success and has decided to make the 'Quiet Hour' a weekly occurrence on a Saturday morning.
His great initiative has paid off to those that do live with Autism (or other disability), as a further NINE stores in the Manchester Fort shopping centre have decided to hold 'Quiet Hours' too.
The new stores joining at Manchester Fort are as follows: Mothercare, Argos, Boots, Trespass, Nike, Carphone Warehouse, Clarks, Outfit, Maplin. Those stores will hold their quiet hour from 9am, whilst Asda Living's will be at at 8am.
Manchester Fort will be designing some booklets so families can plan their trips to the Fort and are aware of which stores are participating in the quiet hour, so it looks like they are committed to the scheme.
We are delighted to see such a great step in the right direction and we hope to see 'Quiet Hours' rolled out in other stores across the UK.
Not sure what 'Quiet Hour' is? It's when a store like the ASDA Living store create a peaceful shopping experience for those who generally find shopping distressing or daunting. The escalators are stopped, music and televisions will be switched off and so on to create a quiet atmosphere.