SA’s first Starbucks store to open in JHB in April

A second branch is due to open at the Mall of Africa in Midrand later on in the same month.

FILE: Starbucks' spicy chorizo breakfast sandwich. Picture: @Starbucks.

JOHANNESBURG - Taste Holdings says it will open its first Starbucks store in Rosebank in April.

The company announced a deal with the coffee giant last year, with plans to build at least 150 stores across the country.

A second branch is due to open at the Mall of Africa in Midrand later on in the same month.

Taste CEO Carlo Gonzaga says customers can expect something a little out of the ordinary.

"The great thing about that store is that we are going to have one of the first Starbucks stores to have localised rooibos as an offering, sourced from local consumers. It really is a community store that we are going to open and certainly its size - at about 450 square meters - with some alfresco dining suites... It'll be a first for the market."

LISTEN: Bruce Whitfield chats to CEO of Taste Holding, Carlo Gonzaga.