Target stores nationwide will soon have carts designed for kids with special needs

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Target stores across the country will soon have special shopping carts designed for children with special needs.

The Minneapolis-based retailer announced Thursday that by March 19, the "vast majority" of stores will have at least one Caroline's Cart – and "many will have more" depending on shoppers' needs.

A handful of Target's smallest stores that don't have full-size shopping carts won't have the specially designed carts, Target notes.

Caroline’s Cart was specifically created for older children with special needs who have grown out of the standard shopping cart. The carts allow the child to face the shopper as they browse the aisle, helping parents who face the “impossible task of having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart at the same time,” Caroline’s Cart says.

Target said last year it would test Caroline's Cart at 21 stores across the country, including at four locations in the Twin Cities.

“Caroline’s Cart can be a game-changer for families, and we’re excited to offer this for our guests across the country,” Juan Galarraga, senior vice president of Store Operations, said in the release. "We’re always listening to both our guests and team members and making changes based their feedback.”

It's one of several retailers in Minnesota that have tested or introduced the carts in stores. Last year, Cub Foods made the carts available at all 76 of its Minnesota stores.

Caroline's Cart is also available at Hy-Vee stores in Oakdale, New Hope, Marshall and Winona, Marketplace Food and Drug in Bemidji and Moose Lake, Kenwood Super One Foods in Duluth, Jerry's Foods in Woodbury, among others, Caroline's Cart notes.

The Caroline’s Cart movement began in Alabama when Drew Ann and David Long realized their daughter Caroline, who has special needs, would outgrow the cart. And now, after just a few years, Caroline’s Cart is available at certain retailers in 47 states and Canada.

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