LIHUE — Company officials from ABC Stores, a popular Honolulu-based convenience store chain, are seeking to build a fourth store on Kauai.
The store would be located across the street from the Shops at Kukuiula and next to the Poipu Road roundabout. Plans call for the construction of a single-story, 18,588-square-foot convenience store, consisting of a restaurant, coffee shop and kitchen.
The store would also include a 1,350-square-foot outdoor dining area and 112 parking stalls, which can be accessed from Poipu and Ala Kalanikaumaka Roads.
ABC Stores officials will make a presentation to the County Planning commission today during a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. in the Moikeha Building, Meeting Room 2A/2B. Officials declined to comment on the proposal until the hearing. The commission could approve building permits for the project during its Dec. 9 meeting.
Project consultants have told the county the proposal would fit well into the existing area.
“The intent of the Island Country Marketplace is to complement existing businesses by providing additional commercial options and convenience for residents as well as tourists,” Project consultants Grant Sumile and Lian Nakaishi from ADM Retail Planning and Architecture, and Milton Arakawa of Wilson Okamoto Corporation wrote in a letter to the Planning Commission. “The project site is an appropriate location for commercial uses with Poipu Plaza located to the east and the Shops at Kukuiula across the street to the west.”
There are three existing ABC Store locations on Kauai: one in the Anchor Cove Shopping Center in Lihue, one in Kauai Village Shopping Center in Waipouli and one in Old Kapaa Town.
The fourth location would also include a 2,150-square-foot fueling station and operate from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
“Kauai residents place a high value on their historic small towns and local business,” County Planner Ka‘aina Hull wrote in a Planning Commission report on the project. “In keeping with the character and vitality of Kauai’s small town historic design, and to further facilitate pedestrian activity and walkability in the Poipu area, a street frontage building with the designated parking area located behind the operation is appropriate.”