Muizenberg boasts glistening beaches, rich culture and fascinating architecture – a Capetonian paradise if you will. And part of what makes this coastal suburb so special is the small locally-owned businesses that exudes a touch of charm.
Local gems such as coffee shops and bakeries are a popular attraction and some of these spots have been around for decades.
But there’s a ‘new kid’ on the block that’s been making waves… Starbucks. The international coffee chain opened a branch in Muizenberg, and according to IOL, several local residents are unhappy, claiming that “local businesses will suffer.”
One Facebook user asked “Do we need a Starbucks in Muizenberg when everything is so local and authentic…” while another said that “small local businesses were pushed out to make space for [Starbucks].”
A website dedicated to all things Muizenberg addressed the arrival of Starbucks by saying “to some local residents, [Starbucks] is an unwanted international coffee chain that is set to steal the local charm and character… [but] it also sends a signal that Muizenberg is a thriving and busy place for all to see!”
On the other hand, some Capetonians couldn’t contain their excitement after the popular coffeehouse made their announcement on Friday, which saw many already planning coffee dates while others took the time to congratulate the store.
So will you be planning your next trip to Starbucks Muizenberg? Or are you a firm believer of the phrase local is lekker? Perhaps you’re someone who enjoys a bit of both? Whatever you decide, the option is there to explore. Like the popular MyMuizenberg Facebook page put it: “love or hate them they will probably be successful.”