Starbucks Nairobi: Stop obsessing over foreign brands, Kenyans told

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Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) have elicited mixed reactions following reports by Starbucks coffee chain confirming that it has no plans of opening an outlet in Nairobi as earlier reported.

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In a tweet response to BBC’s Larry Madowo, Star bucks confirmed that the allegations are not true.

Starbucks ice cream

Reports circulating in social media on Monday claimed that the American coffee giant is set to open an outlet in Nairobi CBD along Mama Ngina Street.

 While some coffee lovers got disappointed, others made fun of them citing social status syndrome as others made fun of the whole situation.

Taking coffee in high-end coffee shops in Nairobi has been associated with high social ranking. It is not uncommon to see Kenyans taking selfies and pictures when they visit known coffee shop brands like Java House, Artcaffe, Urban Grind Coffee and Grill among others.

Ladies taking a selfie

Some Kenyans on twitter rebuked the Kenyan Starbucks expectant lot about obsessing over foreign brands and told them to appreciate and support locally made brands.

Starbucks cooperation has 30,000 outlets worldwide with only 3 in Africa. The African countries that have an outlet are Egypt, South Africa and Morocco.

 Here are people’s comments on the news.

@Kimani says, ” Africans should think about developing our own brands instead of waiting for Uber, KFC, Starbucks and so on! It’s sad how eager we normally are to spend money in these places instead of growing our own businesses!

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