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Starbucks® opens first Pretoria store in Menlyn Maine

In partnership with Taste Holdings, Starbucks has opened its third South African store in Menlyn Maine in the city of Tshwane. Once the precinct is complete in 2017, Menlyn Maine will be the biggest green development in South Africa, and the new epicenter of the city. Tshwane residents will now have their own place to enjoy Starbucks 100% Arabica coffee, fresh food offer and free high-speed Wi-Fi in a beautiful new store.

“We are honoured to open our doors in a city with such a rich culture and appreciation for food. Just like in our first two Starbucks stores, we hope our customers will consider this new store as a ‘third place’ between home and work, where people connect, share and create. It is a place where ideas are born, memories are created– it’s about so much more than a cup of coffee,” says Carlo Gonzaga, CEO of Taste Holdings.

Martin Brok, svp & president, Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa added “With our  first two South African stores open and doing well in Johannesburg, I am delighted to see a new store open in Pretoria. Being part of local communities in South Africa is affecting our whole business and I’m proud that this store will extend the Changing Lanes programme. We’ll now be able to offer great career opportunities to local young people in Pretoria, including training in world class customer service and barista mastery.”

Starbucks skilled baristas and Reserve™ Bar bring special small-batch single origin coffees served through a variety of brewing methods, including Siphon, Pour-Over, and the Clover™ brewing system. Customers can enjoy Reserve coffees from Colombia San Fermin, Colombia Los Rosales, and Cape Verde Figo Island.

The store’s design was inspired by the cityscape of Tshwane – the strong geometric lines of the buildings and the city’s warm tones had a big influence on the store’s aesthetic. The natural, scored concrete walls celebrate the hard work and craft of the city. The highlight of the store is a hand painted wall by Seven Veil Studios that pays homage to the very first Starbucks store in Pike Place Market, Seattle, while celebrating South Africa through the local flora.  “Every aspect of this store has been created to be the ultimate ‘third place’. We hope that this store will become a part of the city and our history,” says Gonzaga.

The store team of 30 partners have been recruited from the surrounding communities through Taste’s Changing Lanes program, which focusses on giving opportunities to currently unemployed youth.

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