Starbucks opens Mexico City cafe staffed by seniors

9/6/2018 – The Washington Post

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(Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Starbucks customers in Mexico City may notice something distinct about one particular coffee shop’s new employees: They’re all seniors.

The company recently opened its first cafe operated by people ages 50 and older, in partnership with the National Institute for Older Persons (INAPAM), a government welfare program in Mexico. Fourteen older workers will run the shop.

“It’s becoming more difficult to employ people over 40 years of age,” said Christian Gurria, the chief executive of Starbucks Mexico, according to Reuters. “But the need to keep elderly people in work exists. If the opportunity is there, I’m happy to help.”

Starbucks said the opening builds on an employment agreement it signed with INAPAM in 2011 to offer job opportunities to seniors to help boost their quality of life.

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