The First Starbucks Staffed Entirely By Seniors, Ages 55 To 60, Has Opened

The goal is to increase the number of senior workers to 120 by the end of 2019.

Starbucks is checking another first off its list. After revealing plans to open its first sign language-friendly store, the coffee chain has launched its first outpost operated entirely by seniors in Mexico City.

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All of the workers at the store are between 55 and 60 years old.

The senior-operated Starbucks in Corporativo Coyoacán opened on August 28, which also happens to be Grandparents Day in Mexico.

There are currently seven workers in the Starbucks, and they were trained by younger staff members and modifications were made for the senior employees, including lowering shelves. The staff will reportedly work 6.5 hour shifts, have two guaranteed days off a week, and health insurance. 

The goal of the store is to provide more opportunities for seniors.

Starbucks has programs to cater to different groups, including those looking to further their education and those who are transgender. There are different programs to appeal to younger people and the company wants to make sure the older population is catered to as well.

WPXI reports that seniors make up 10 percent of Mexico's population with over 12 million citizens over 60.

In a press release, it's reported that the senior-run Starbucks is an initiative inspired by Starbucks's work with the National Institute of Seniors (INAPAM). The company has been working with the organization since 2011. In 2013, they signed an agreement that showed their commitment to providing opportunities for seniors and improving their quality of life.

"It took us two years to land the best scheme to contribute to the elderly community in Mexico," said Director of Starbucks Mexico Christian Gurria. "To open the doors of our shops to elderly baristas was not a goal — it was an act of congruence with the inclusion philosophy of Starbucks." 

The company has a goal of employing 120 senior citizens by the end of 2019.

What's more, the company hopes the senior-run store will allow connections that go across generations.

"[Younger customers] treat us with a lot of respect and courtesy,'' senior staff member Sergio Arrioja explained to Reuters. "I think we've formed a very interesting bond, and at the end of the day, it's a productive job for everyone."

(H/T: Cosmopolitan)

Cover image via Nils Versemann/ Shutterstock

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