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• Sprouts Farmers Market announced seven new stores scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. The stores are in Carlsbad and Fontana, California … Clearwater and Naples, Florida … Sugar Land, Texas … Las Vegas, Nevada … and Lynnwood, Washington (just the second store it has opened in Washington State, a market it only entered in August).

Sprouts has said it plans to open 30 stores next year. It currently operates more than 300 stores in 19 states, with plans to expand to new markets next year.

CNN reports that Starbucks has opened a new store in Washington, DC, that is its first with employees that are all fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), and where the entire experience is designed to be accessible to people with hearing challenges.

The store, first reported last July, is located near Gallaudet University, described as “the world's only liberal arts university for the deaf and hard of hearing.”

USA Today reports that McDonald’s, its business bolstered by the offering of breakfast 24 hours a day, “plans to introduce new breakfast items for the first time in more than a decade.”

Details have not been provided by the company, though the story suggests that “the updated breakfast menu will include three new meatier breakfast sandwiches.”
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