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POIPU — Crazy Shirts’ retail location in The Shops at Kukuiula is the fifth store opened by the chain on Kauai.

“It’s great to open stores,” said Scott Maroney, the Crazy Shirts’ senior vice president. “Who would have thought that after 51 years in the T-shirt business, we would still be opening new stores?”

Jen Killermann, the store manager of the Poipu location, said the he retailer of quality, local-style casual wear will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Four employees work in the new 860-square-foot store that sits between Lappert’s Ice Cream and Coffee and Uncle’s Shave Ice on the makai end of The Shops at Kukuiula.

“This store is the first of a new light merchandise scheme,” said Mark Hollander, the Crazy Shirts president and CEO. “We have watched our stores grow from its start when our first plant was located on Nimitz Highway on Oahu. This scheme will be used when we open our store in Huntington Beach, Calif., in November.”

Maroney said Crazy Shirts is also looking at opening another store in the Hanalei- Princeville area.

“This North Shore area has been one of our areas needing coverage,” Maroney said. “Our store in the Coconut Marketplace, currently undergoing renovation work, will be shutting down during the reconstruction, but will be returning once everything is done. We will also be looking in the Hanalei-Princeville area as well.”

Randy Francisco, the county’s creative industries small business coordinator, pointed out that The Shops at Kukuiula broke ground during the recession.

“This store opening is a sign of the vibrant economy and the progress the island has made from the recession,” Francisco said. “I have had the honor of attending seven or eight new business openings in the past six months, and there are more on the calendar.”

Other Crazy Shirt stores are located in Kapaa at the Coconut Marketplace, Lihue in the Anchor Cove Shopping Center, Koloa in the Old Koloa Town Courtyard, and the Poipu Shopping Village.

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