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Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Tony Group to build 'auto mall' in Waipio

Hawaii auto dealer Tony Group plans to break ground Thursday on its 65,000-square-foot Autoplex in Waipio, which will be home to Honda, Nissan, Volkswagen and used-car dealerships.

At the corner of Ka Uka Boulevard and Moaniani Street, the Autoplex will sit on a six-acre, fee-simple site across from the recently opened Costco. The company says the idea behind the Autoplex is based on the "auto mall" concept popular on the mainland, when multiple dealerships are placed at one site.

The Autoplex, set to open June 1, will have three showrooms, a business center for customers, a playroom for children, and a parts-and-service operation. Aruga & Ishizu Architects Inc. is the designer and Pankow Special Projects is the general contractor.

Founded in 1967 by Tony Masamitsu, Tony Group is now the third-largest auto dealer in Hawaii.

American Air tries to isolate O'Hare

NEW YORK -- In a move to improve on-time performance, American Airlines plans to take steps to isolate the often-congested Chicago's O'Hare Airport, currently a key hub, from the rest of its operations.

O'Hare is a main connecting hub for both AMR Corp.'s American and UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, the world's two largest airlines. "Because of weather and congestion, (O'Hare) tends to underperform the American system as a whole," Chief Executive Don Carty told airline analysts today.

American will restructure its Dallas-Fort Worth hub operations beginning Oct. 1 and introduce a new schedule in November that is less-reliant on Chicago.

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