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A New Starbucks Outlet Just Opened In Penang And It's Run By A Team Of Deaf Employees

It's the fourth Signing Store in the world!

Cover image via Starbucks Malaysia

In 2016, Starbucks opened its first store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for members of the deaf community.

Today, Starbucks is celebrating yet another milestone with the opening of its second Signing Store in Penang.

On Tuesday, 19 November, Starbucks announced the grand opening of the Penang Signing Store on its Facebook page.

The post read, "Our second Signing store in Penang is officially in motion and brewing! Penangites, share the good news and enjoy a unique experience of our Starbucks Signing Store."

To make sure this project is a success, the famous coffeehouse chain partnered with the Penang Deaf Association

According to the Starbucks website, the partnership is meant to support the professional training and development of the store's staff.

The president of the Penang Deaf Association Razman Tan Abdullah said that they're excited to provide richer career opportunities and sense of belonging to the local deaf community.

They will also be providing sign language classes for the outlet's seven hearing employees.

This outlet is the fourth of its kind in the world

Standing tall at three storeys, the store was designed specifically to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. 

The outlet is completed with visual alarms, digital trays, and point-of-sale systems with an attached customer display.

Image via Rojak Daily

Local deaf artist Lim Anuar brought some life into the space with a vibrant mural that is meant to showcase deaf culture in an art form

Image via Rojak Daily

Make sure to give this outlet a visit and support their cause!

Well done, Starbucks!

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Address:
403, Jalan Burma,
Pulau Tikus,
10350 George Town,
Penang.

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday (8.00am - 10.00pm)
Friday, Saturday, and public holidays (8.00am - 12.00am)

For more information, check out the Starbucks Facebook page:

The idea of the Signing Store was birthed right here in Malaysia and then Starbucks US followed suit:

Around the world, there are so many unique Starbucks stores that will take your breath away:

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