Local youth a priority for Starbucks

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LOCAL Bruneian youth will be given priority to work at Starbucks’ outlets in the country.

Berjaya Food Supreme Sdn Bhd managing director, Sydney Quays said although it is not a standardised policy, the company preferred to give priority to locals instead of depending on foreign workers.

“It is the same practice that we adopted for 15 years for outlets in Malaysia. We would give priority to the locals first before turning to foreign workers.

“We are so happy when we saw overwhelming response from the locals when we put up (job) advertisements for employees, for our first store in Brunei,” he said after the grand opening of the coffee house in Mabohai shopping complex, yesterday.

There were around 25 Bruneian staff at the new Coffee House in Mabohai and with the new branch opening up in Beribi, around the same number of staff or more will be employed there.

The grand opening of the first Starbucks Coffee House was graced by Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah.

Quays said in three to four months time, they will open a new branch in Beribi and introduce a drive-through concept.

“By the response we received so far, we are confident that it is a sound investment and Bruneians are aware of not just quality products but also our commitment to local community,” he said.

Quays said they will also introduce community projects which will involve both the Starbucks staff and their customers.

“We don’t encourage monetary contribution but more on physical participations where each branch will find a charitable cause to get everybody involved,” he said.

The ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the first Starbucks in Brunei was completed by President of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, Jeff Hansbury; Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Food Berhad, Dato Francis Lee and Quays.

The Brunei Times