The nearly 40 degrees Celsius hot weather seems fail to discourage some 200 people queuing in a front of a store at the Nga Sau crossroads in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday. They are waiting to become the very first customers to taste the well-known Starbucks coffee in Vietnam, with the country’s first store officially opened in the morning. The grand opening of the HCMC store marked Vietnam as Starbucks’ 12th market in the Asia – Pacific, and adding up to its chain of some 3,400 stores in the area. “Vietnam is one of the most dynamic and interesting market in Asia, and we are proud to enter this country,” John Culver, president of Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. The HCMC store is operated by Coffee Concepts, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Maxim Group. The store officially opened at 2pm, attracting a number of customers despite the hot weather of the afternoon. “This is the first time I tasted a US coffee brand name,” Nguyen Ngoc Tram, 17, told Tuoitrenews in explaining why she was willing to queue for more than 30 minutes to be able to sip her Vietnamese Starbucks coffee….
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