Starbucks will be opening its first signing store in the U.S. this October in Washington, D.C.
This store will be dedicated to serving the deaf community by providing employment to those hard of hearing and offer quality customer service to its guests who are too.
“This is a historic moment in Starbucks ongoing journey to connect with the Deaf and hard of hearing community, hire and engage Deaf and hard of hearing partners, and continue to find ways to be more inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all,” says Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive vice president of U.S. Retail.
According to Starbucks, not only will this store be adding nearly 25 hearing impaired employees, or proficient in American Sign Language, the products in their store will feature artwork designed by Deaf artists. The store will also provide a Deaf Space for its customers, which will be an "open environment for communication and low glare reflective surfaces."
Even if you're new to sign language, Starbucks will provide other options to help make your order experience easy.
The first-ever Starbucks signing store launched in 2016 in Malaysia.