Maui    News & Information Hub
HEADLINE NEWS Weekly Newsletter

Puunene Shopping Center to Create 300 Jobs

Share |
   April 11th, 2013 · 17 Comments · Featured, Maui News
Puunene Shopping Center site plan.  Courtesy image.

Puunene Shopping Center site plan. Courtesy image.

By Wendy Osher

A new shopping center planned for development in central Maui has identified retail giant Target as its anchor tenant.

The planned Puunene Shopping Center is projected to generate an estimated 250 construction jobs and bring up to 300 jobs to the area when it is fully occupied, according to an announcement today by Property Development Centers.

Projected site of the Target Maui location at the intersection of the Mokulele Highway and Hookele Street. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Projected site of the Target Maui location at the intersection of the Mokulele Highway and Hookele Street. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The real estate subsidiary of Safeway Inc., announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire 24.45 acres from Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. for the planned development of the Puunene Shopping Center at the Mokulele Highway/Hookele Street intersection in Kahului.

According to the announcement, PDC will in turn sell an 11.88 acre portion of the site to Target, Inc., which will serve as the center’s anchor retailer.

In addition to projections for jobs in the area, the center will add approximately 275,000 square feet of retail space to Kahului, and will include an estimated 1,425 parking stalls, officials said.

In addition to Target, plans also include potential leases for a mix of national and local companies including mid-box retailers, specialty shops, restaurants and businesses, according to a news release.

A&B is planning a Maui Business Park just north of the planned Puunene Shopping Center, whose anchor tenant has been identified as Target. Photo by Wendy Osher.

A&B is planning a Maui Business Park just north of the planned Puunene Shopping Center, whose anchor tenant has been identified as Target. Photo by Wendy Osher.

“We have been receiving positive interest from potential tenants who see the benefits of the center’s convenient location in central Maui,” said Wendell F. Brooks III, senior vice president for CBRE.  CBRE is reportedly handling the leasing and property acquisition on behalf of PDC.

The projected opening date for the center is March 2015, but the Pacific Business News is reporting that the opening could come as early as 2014.  Authorities have since provided clarification that the March 2015 date is an accurate projection.

In a press release, David Zylstra, chief operating officer of Property Development Centers said, “This new retail center in the heart of Kahului’s retail district, is part of our ongoing commitment to provide new lifestyle shopping options for the Hawaii community.”

Projected site of the Target Maui location at the intersection of the Mokulele Highway and Hookele Street. The center is planned for location across from the Zippy's in Kahului. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Projected site of the Target Maui location at the intersection of the Mokulele Highway and Hookele Street. The center is planned for location across from the Zippy’s in Kahului. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Projected site of the Target Maui location at the intersection of the Mokulele Highway and Hookele Street. The Puunene Sugar Mill can be seen in the background.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Projected site of the Target Maui location at the intersection of the Mokulele Highway and Hookele Street. The Puunene Sugar Mill can be seen in the background. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Sign Up To Our Weekly Newsletter
    Recommend This Article
    Related Stories

    Tags

    Comments
Editor's Note:Maui Now is an open forum and we welcome any views. However, please apply your sense of aloha when posting comments - remarks that are unnecessarily offensive will be blocked.

 
By publishing a comment, you are acknowledging that you are personally responsible for its contents.

  • Jacinto

    Uh-Oh! Better rally against this one.

  • Mariah Milan Maui Photographer

    Thank goodness Target is coming!! Wal-Mart SUCKS.

  • mahalo111

    I wonder how many of these 300 jobs will pay enough to rent even a shack on Maui. Lets also consider all the small businesses that sell similar products as Target that will be affected by yet another big corporation sucking money out of our economy only to make their executives on the mainland even richer. “Oh but we need cheaper prices and more options” Yeah, go ahead and stick your head in the sand. Believe me, they know you will.

  • rich whitey

    Better than no jobs. At least some kid (or entry level adult) will have more opportunities to make an income. We (the wealthy need more places to spend our hard earned family inheritance!! Leave if you can’t afford to live hear! Im sure we’ll find some low educated local to serve us.

    • PnV

      Looks like money couldn’t buy you an education.

    • Amber

      Your rich inheritance should have bought you a better education because the word you were looking for was “here” not “hear.” In fact, why don’t you use their hard earned money to go back to school in the Mainland somewhere!

    • you’re a joke

      seems to me as a local that you need to spend your money more on how you could learn be more intelligent. And not being a person showing us local people how stupid you really are. We already know how you people are.. with that kind of attitude that you have and how you described your thoughts. I can tell you don’t have alot of money. And you would be one those people that serves to others. LOL. What a joke you are.

      • Babalui

        ” learn be more intelligent” You almost got there. ;) Btw, whitey is troll; hook, line, and sinker.

      • rich whitey LOL

        You are trying to hard with the local thing HAOLE! its pretty obvious in the way you expressed your feelings that you are offended. Not a joke, but merely a plod to stake out people such as yourself and out them as the “rich whitey” I was mocking.
        Us local people LOL

  • Plan Man

    Let’s not build this center, instead let’s build something there that will provide 300 250K+ per year jobs. That way 300 more people can easily afford to live on Maui without struggling. I’m only having one problem with my plan, what the hell would it be?

  • get-a-job

    This is awesome news for Maui. That whole area is slated for development. Might as well build something that people will use. 300 jobs is better than none at all.

  • wahwahwah

    All u cry babies need to shut it. I regress to a Charlie Brown lesson #1:
    Lucy: Do you think you have Pantophobia, Charlie Brown?
    Charlie: I don’t know, what is pantophobia?
    Lucy: The fear of Everything.
    Charlie: That’s it!!!

  • Sheena

    no right answer and no best place to live. jobs are here and waiting. where are the applicants? Maui is “Choke” full of a population that will be thankfull for those low income jobs. but is it RIGHT? no. neither is it right that Monsanto creates jobs and HC&S with its “precious” 800 jobs. THOUSANDS are negatively affected. it’s really not anyone’s fault–it’s EVERYONES!

  • Disappointed

    ‘Auwē. The beauty of Maui is NOT in the retail shopping options. You want to shop, then move to ‘Oahu for that or anywhere on the continent. Why turn Maui into another generic concrete strip mall? This IS an island. This is NOT the continental US, even though the population demographics might lead you to think it is. Hawai‘i nei is a special place, but sadly, developers just see $$$$$$$. If you are flown here and not grown here, and need your shopping, consumeristic conveniences and the luxuries of the generic suburban developed cities you came from, perhaps you should consider flying back there. Stop destroying Maui.

  • stop all that yacking

    You people and my self needs our jobs just to survive here. And you people who’s saying that the extra 300 jobs that is being created is not needed and not welcomed. You’re full of it. At least those people that lost their jobs before and was without a job ever since then and are having a hard time making things meet. Could have another job again. And again have a income to care for their family. And also I bet all you guys thats grumbling about the developments and the stores that will be coming. I bet you’ll be shopping there also. And if you say that you not going to shop there you are full of it.. like it or not it will be another benefit to all here on Maui. And if you don’t agree. Then I still say you’re full of it….

  • 808kalanz

    lol. Just heard about their she-she shoe scandal. I think I’ll still shop there though.

  • hawaiiansupaman

    Puunene Shopping Center will have to deal with the incredible stench and coal burning pollution from the sugar mill. A&B has a dilemma. Do they grow sugar cane or buildings?


Loading Facebook Comments