Slate will be replacing the floor joist tiles that line the floors of its stores with a slate floor, an arrangement that will save thousands of dollars.
The move comes as the company faces mounting criticism from the government over its environmental practices, and a growing number of stores have been accused of using toxic paint, including one where workers have been known to be exposed to high levels of mercury.
But the new slate floor is expected to be more durable, and will last longer, according to the company.
“The Slate Flooring is a unique slate product that is not only engineered to last, but it is built with a special coating that is safe to use and wash,” the company said in a statement.
The Slate flooring is expected cost $1.99 per square foot, a price that Slate said will not be higher than $2.99 for existing floors.
For those who have already placed a reservation for the Slate floor, Slate said that customers will be able to reserve the floor at a later date.