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Ward Village property May 2016 update

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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.

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PBN publishes latest list of tenants for International Marketplace in Waikiki

The International Marketplace redevelopment is slated to open later in August 25 of this year, and Pacific Business News published the latest list of the tenants expected to populate the space, which will be anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue.  Find the entire list below:

The highly anticipated opening of the redeveloped International Market Place Waikiki is set for August 25 and, slowly but surely, the tenant list has been growing. So far, it includes its anchor Saks Fifth Avenue, Hawaii chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849, Las Vegas-based Flour & Barley, Goma Tei, Kona Grill, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina’s STRIPSTEAK restaurant and his THE STREET, A Michael Mina Food Hall and Hakkasan Group’s Michelin-starred Yauatcha restaurant.

With the IMP Waikiki reopening just a few months away, PBN perused the latest building permits filed with the city to see who else might be signing on at this retail and restaurant complex on Kalakaua Avenue.

Retailers that have recently pulled building permits with the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting include:

  • The Walking Co.
  • Clarks
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Christian Louboutin Shoes & Handbags
  • Kona Coffee Purveyors
  • Laline
  • Lani Beach by Mireille
  • Oliver Peoples
  • Michael Kors
  • Jo Malone
  • Vera Bradley
  • Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
  • Yogasmoga
  • L’Occitane En Provence
  • Godiva
  • Anthropologie
  • Swarovski
  • Free People
  • Hanna Anderson
  • Trina Turk
  • BCBG Max Azria
  • Sugarfina

The complex also is expected to have a Heritage Dedication Room.

The open-air 360,000-square-foot, three-level shopping center will include about 75 stores, nine restaurants with indoor/outdoor seating on the third-level grand lanai and the state’s first Saks Fifth Avenue department store, which will encompass 80,000 square feet and three levels.

The redevelopment began on March 3, 2014, and has created 1,000 construction jobs. It is expected to create 2,500 permanent jobs. It will also add about 700 parking spaces to the area.


The project is being headed up by Michigan-based Taubman Centers, San Francisco-based CoastWood Capital Group LLC and Queen Emma Land Co.

CoastWood Capital Group also is part of the nearby redevelopment of the Waikiki Trade Center into a 230-room contemporary boutique hotel, as first reported by PBN.

The new International Market Place is scheduled to open on August 25 at 10 a.m.

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