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Starbucks headed to our shores in April

By Faeza
05 March 2016

Time to get excited coffee lovers. On 3 March Taste Holdings, the local franchise owner for Starbucks, announced that two stores would open in South Africa towards the end of April 2016.

While this is great news for those who've been dying to get their hands on Starbucks, the downside (for now) is that both stores will open in Johannesburg.

The first will open in Rosebank, close to the Gautrain station, on the corner of Cradock and Thywitt Avenues. The second store will be at the brand new Mall of Africa in Midrand. At 485 square metres, the Rosebank store will be close to double the size of the Starbucks in Midrand, but both promise to offer the same high standards of both coffee and food.

For those in other cities, Taste Holdings plans to open 12 to 15 additional stores over the next two years, which means it shouldn't be long to wait before you have one on your doorstep.

While some criticism around the launch of Starbucks has been drawn from South African coffee lovers, Taste Holdings promises to localise the experience by offering African-sourced coffee blends and Rooibos tea. The company is also focusing on local job creation for unemployed youth through their Changing Lanes programme.