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Monday, August 14, 2000

Wal-Mart, Sam’s
may share long-dormant
Keeaumoku superblock

Star-Bulletin staff

Both a Wal-Mart and a Sam's Club at the 8.5-acre Keaaumoku Street "superblock?"

Earlier comments by the nation's top retailer center on either a Wal-Mart, a Sam's Club or a "hybrid" store. But having both could happen, according to a spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s local broker representative.

"Our objective, our hope, is to be able to put both a Wal-Mart and a Sam's Club on the site," said Jon-Eric Greene, senior vice president for Colliers Monroe Friedlander.

Wal-Mart officials earlier this year predicted that plans would be ready by May. Greene said the Arkansas-based company expects to finish plans by the end of the year.

Area Councilman Andy Mirikitani has asked Wal-Mart to "encompass a special design that will create a Hawaiian sense of place and fit in with the surrounding community."

Greene said Wal-Mart will take a look at what Mirikitani and others in the community suggest. Wal-Mart allows for flexibility in the design of its stores, he said.

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