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Target looking to open store on Maui

June 18, 2009
Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Target Corp. is looking to open the doors of one of its “superstores” somewhere on the Valley Isle, but has yet to find a “suitable location,” according to a company representative. The popular Mainland retailer may never get the chance to break ground though, as the “superstore bill” that has been floating around the County Council for the last few years would prohibit its construction. The bill, if passed, would prohibit new retail buildings from being more than 15,000 square feet on Lana‘i, 75,000 square feet in Hana and 90,000 square feet anywhere else in the county. In February, the council’s Planning Committee unanimously decided to forward the bill to the entire council with the stipulation of a public hearing before a vote. As of Friday, no public hearing has been set. Just this spring, Target opened its first stores in Hawai‘i on O‘ahu and nearly 1,000 employees were hired. The Salt Lake store is well over 200,000 square feet, and Kapolei’s is nearly 160,000. Hawai‘i Island is slated to open a store in Kona this summer and plans are currently underway for Hilo store.



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