Sunday, July 15, 2001

Kailua greets new and
old retail friends

The anchor tenant at Kailua Foodland Marketplace opens Aug. 8 with R. Field Wine Co. in an adjoining space, which will also have its own entrance.

A sign for Dunkin' Donuts has recently cropped up at the center at Hamakua Drive and Hekili Street, and the marketplace will also house three other tenants. They will be, "a sit-down restaurant, a quick-service restaurant and another retail shop," according to Eric Tema, a partner in The MacNaughton Group. He said they are in a letter of intent phase with the tenants and declined to name them until leases are signed.

The MacNaughton Group redeveloped, and is leasing the property for the Castle Foundation/Kaneohe Ranch.

The ranch manages property owned by the family trusts of Harold K. L. Castle and Alice H. Castle and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization.

Foodland was previously at the center but left in April 1998 after 36 years. Tema said problems with Foodland's ground lease led to its departure.

But since then, he said, "the Castle Foundation purchased the leasehold interest in a bunch of different properties around Kailua, and put its own dollars in to rehabilitate them. I think that speaks to the largesse of the Castle Foundation."

"They're really good people and they've done a lot to help Kailua," Tema said.

Richard Field, founder of the wine company, said his store will also open Aug. 8, "but the bad thing is we're still waiting for our liquor license."

"Once we're up and running 100 percent then we'll have a big late grand opening party and give everybody a chance to try our fine wines and fine foods that we're famous for," he said.

Field figures that will be around the end of August, if all goes smoothly.

Dunkin' Donuts Hawaii franchisee Kenneth Iong is accepting applications for the 15 positions he'll fill at the 1,100-square-foot Kailua location, which he expects to open in mid-August. The store will offer its full line of sweets as well as coffee, espresso and cappuccino, Iong said.

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210,
Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached

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