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Grub Street reports that Starbucks plans to open a new café in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, that will employ deaf baristas. "Ten hearing-impaired individuals ... will work alongside three hearing staff," the story says, with pads provided so that people can write down their orders if they don't know sign language.

According to the story, "The company partnered with Malaysia’s Society of Interpreters for the Deaf to provide two sign-language interpreters to help train workers. They’re also sticking around to teach sign language to staff at the store who don’t have a hearing disability."

• The New York Post reports that Target Corp., persuaded that its future looks brighter when considered within the context of smaller, urban stores, "expects to roll out 14 more this year."

The story notes that "Target is looking beyond its core customers in the burbs and scooping up attractive real estate abandoned by other struggling retailers like grocers, Barnes & Noble and OfficeMax." By grabbing non-traditional locations and adopting a more localized approach to merchandising, Target hopes that it can improve store performance and overall productivity.
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