Canal Walk welcomes the Western Cape’s first Starbucks

Cape Town, 26 August 2020 – Canal Walk shopping centre will become the home of the very first Starbucks in the Western Cape. The new Canal Walk Starbucks store will open in November.

In a bold move by the global brand that illustrates the confidence in the future of Cape Town’s coffee-drinking market, Starbucks has selected Canal Walk as its chosen entry point into the Western Cape market as it expands its South African footprint.

Gavin Wood, CEO of Canal Walk says, “We are proud to welcome Starbucks to Canal Walk, and thrilled that our customers will have the opportunity to enjoy the Starbucks experience right here in the Mother City. Canal Walk remains committed to providing customers with new and meaningful experiences in a safe manner, and we look forward to working with Starbucks.”

Adrian Maizey, CEO of Rand Capital Coffee, the owners of Starbucks South Africa, reveals that the global brand is taking a long-term view as it expands into the Western Cape, and is doing this with like-minded partners such as Canal Walk’s owners, Hyprop Investments Limited and Ellerine Bros. “Our strategy for 2020 and beyond is to invest and grow, and our new store in Canal Walk symbolises our big plans for the future of Starbucks in South Africa – even in the light of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.”

Starbucks’ choice of Canal Walk, Cape Town’s largest shopping centre, positions its first Western Cape store right at the heart of Cape Town in the Century City Precinct, which is conveniently located on the N1, and central to the CBD and surrounding suburbs. Canal Walk offers a wide variety of 400 stores and thousands of the best local and international brands, including fashion, retail, leisure and entertainment for the whole family, all under one roof.

Starbucks began in 1971 as a roaster and retailer of beans, ground coffee, tea and spices, with a single store in Seattle. Today the company connects with millions of customers every day with its own special taste and offering that has seen the company grow to more than 30,000 retail stores in 80 markets. Rand Capital Coffee bought Starbucks South Africa in November 2019, including 13 stores in Gauteng.