October 24, 2014
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A Winn-Dixie Store No. 1588 customer and her child experience shopping after Store Director Morris Soudelier goes above and beyond to order a Caroline’s Cart.​

Winn-Dixie Store Director Morris Soudelier has gone above and beyond to help make his store a neighbor that the community can count on. And now customers of several other stores in the New Orleans region will be able to do the same.

Soudelier‘s store No. 1588 in Destrehan, Louisiana, is part of a strong, close-knit community with a loyal Winn-Dixie following. Soudelier is known in the community for the store’s many programs with schools and other local organizations.

He is also known for the keeping in constant communications with store customers. One of those customers, who has a special needs child, told him about Caroline’s Cart, an innovative shopping cart created for children with special needs. Soudelier said he was immediately interested.

"Whenever I have a chance to accommodate my customers, I try to do that," he said. "Serving our customers is the reason why we're all here."

After conducting extensive research, Soudelier sent a proposal to the New Orleans Region team in hopes of an approval to purchase the special cart for his store. The cart is expensive, but he knew that it would do much good for his customers. Additionally, proceeds from the cart’s sales help fund special needs research nationally.

Not only did Soudelier’s store get approval for a Caroline’s Cart, but New Orleans Regional Vice President Karena Niblett also approved carts for Winn-Dixie store No. 1430 in New Orleans, store No. 1561 in Lafayette, Louisiana, store No. 1411 in Metairie, Louisiana and store No. 1444 in Luling, Louisiana.

"We saw a need for this type of item in the store because it enhances our customers’ experience," Niblett said. "We are very fortunate to have a group of such caring and vigilant store leaders like Morris. I'm very happy that he brought one particular customer’s need to our attention so that we could better address the needs of other customers."

Soudelier said the customer who told him about Caroline’s Carts was very happy to hear the news that her neighborhood Winn-Dixie was getting one.

“She just loved it,” Soudelier said. “She took it to heart that we reached out to do something personal for our neighborhood.”

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Caroline’s Carts are specially adapted to meet the needs of special needs children as their parents shop.Photo: Caroline's Carts.​

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