Hundreds of people queue during the official opening of South Africa's first Starbucks store, also the US coffeehouse chain's first store in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Johannesburg on April 21, 2016. / AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA
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Hundreds of coffee lovers queued early Thursday in an upmarket Johannesburg shopping center as international chain Starbucks opened its first cafe in sub-Saharan Africa.The U.S.-based global brand plans to open 12-15 more stores in South Africa over the next two years, with a long term plan of up to 150 outlets.The cafe's first customers formed a long line at Starbucks' doors in the Rosebank shopping center before the opening at 7:30 a.m.Starbucks, which operates more than 22,000 cafes worldwide, has a presence in only two other African countries -- Egypt and Morocco.
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