A federal judge has accepted a US$13m settlement between retailer Kmart and disabled shoppers.

The agreement, on the issue of store access, allows Kmart seven and a half years to adapt its stores to meet federal standards on disabled access for merchandise, counters, restrooms, fitting rooms and parking lots.

$8m in cash and $5m in gift cards will be distributed to class-action plaintiffs in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Texas.

The settlement class consists of individuals who used or use a wheelchair or scooter and shopped or shop at Kmart, or allege that they would shop or would have shopped at Kmart but for access problems, between 6 May 2003 and the end of the settlement term (about 2014).