Hello it’s Emily and William here this week taking about having our own supermarket and what it would be like.
It got me, Emily, thinking about it when I was wandering round the local Tesco near where I live. If I was to have my own shop I would have to decide if it was going to be a small or large shop, what to sell and so I know where to source my products.
I would make sure there’s plenty of space so people can move around easy especially disabled customers, and plenty of staff to help when needed. I’d also like to see big labels on products and magnifying glasses available to read the products.
I, William, think it’s a good idea to have a disabled-friendly supermarket, to make the lives of disabled people easier, in fact I think it would probably make shopping easier for everyone. I’d definitely have a guide at the door to help people if they needed it.
It might also make the general public think more about the needs of disabled people, and how adjustments in the shops can really make a difference for someone with a disability.
My shop wouldn’t sell lots of sugary things either, like fizzy drinks, cakes and sweets. I’d have lots of locally produced fruit and vegetables . I’d also have a coffee machine, and it would sell good quality coffee. Perhaps also a nice lounge with comfortable chairs to sit in if you were waiting for someone else to do the shopping, or just needed to sit down for a bit.
If you could design your own supermarket, what would it look like? It could be fun to have a think about it like we did!
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