Starbucks’s first signing store in the United States will open in October in Washington, DC, The Washington Post reports.
The store will hire 20 to 25 deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing people who will be proficient in American Sign Language.
Starbucks opened its first signing store in Malaysia in 2016.
The company says around 200 of its current employees identify as deaf or hard of hearing, including at Starbucks stores, roasting plants and regional and corporate offices worldwide.
The store will open near Gallaudet University, the world’s only university designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, located in northeast Washington.
Employees will wear aprons that show “Starbucks” spelled in sign language. Hearing employees proficient in sign language will wear pins showing they can sign.
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