Walgreens picks Kam Bowl for 3rd store
National drug store chain Walgreens will be taking over Kam Bowl in Kalihi, which closes today.
"They are finishing up due diligence now as part of that agreement and assuming everything goes well, we'll have a lease with them starting July 1," said Kamehameha Schools spokesman Kekoa Paulsen.
Walgreens spokesman Michael Polzin said the bowling alley building will be razed to make way for a new structure that will reflect a typical 14,500-square-foot Walgreens with a drive-through pharmacy.
He confirmed the company is seeking a statewide presence.
"The majority of our stores will be in Honolulu and around Oahu, but we'll certainly be looking at neighbor islands," Polzin said.
Walgreens previously announced plans for stores at the old Tower Records and Video site on Keeaumoku Street and at the former Star Market in Kaneohe.
Walgreens will also meet with local vendors June 27 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Interested vendors can contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company also has a vendor page on its Web site, but created the new e-mail address "because this is a special meeting and a special arrangement we're making just for Hawaii vendors," he said.
The bowling alley's closure does not immediately affect Kapiolani Coffee Shop, which will continue to operate on the property until June 28, after which it will move to City Square on Dillingham Boulevard. It plans to open for business in the new location about July 4.