Things are moving fast in Ward Village! Pacific Business News reporter Duane Shimogawa reports on some of the changes to come, from the Ke Kilohana reserve housing project, to Ross Dress for Less, to the South Shore Market providing even more shopping and dining options to come. Read more below:
As the Honolulu rail transit project makes its way closer to urban Honolulu, companies in the project’s path — such as Ross Dress for Less on Ward Avenue— are expected to move out of the way.
The rail route is set to run through Halekauwila Street, near The Howard Hughes Corp.’s Ke Kilohana mixed-use condominium project, and across Ward Avenue through what is now the Ross Dress for Less store at Ward Village.
Todd Apo, vice president of community development for Howard Hughes, which owns the Ross property, told PBN he wasn’t sure about the time frame for the Ross move. The Texas-based developer has had very preliminary discussions with the city regarding the rail project entering the property at Ward Village.
The Sports Authority store, which is in the same shopping center as Ross, is not in the path of the rail project, but will close anyway as part of Sports Authority’s bankruptcy liquidation. PBN has reached out to Ross for comment.
Howard Hughes is making other moves at Ward Village, including a development beneath T.J. Maxx store called the South Shore Market, which will house retail and restaurant tenants, including some moving over from Ward Warehouse.
Ward Warehouse eventually will be developed into a high-rise luxury condominium project called Gateway Towers.
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant at Ward Entertainment Complex also is expanding, by absorbing the Bose store space next door.
Meanwhile, Ross is opening a new Honolulu store at the former Kmart property in Iwilei, which also will include a Longs Drugs and a PetSmart store, as first reported by PBN.