The yet-to-be-built Target store in Pu'unene could hire up to 300 employees and will include local products and those unique to Maui, a store official said last week. The store, scheduled to be completed in March of next year at the corner of Mokulele Highway and Ho'okele Street on the east side of Zippy's restaurant, will have similar features seen in Targets around the nation, including general merchandise options and those with the Target label and a food area with Starbucks Coffee, Pizza Hut items and a rotating menu of sandwiches and salads. Hawai'i Target stores sell spam musubi, noodles and other local specialties that the Maui store also could have, as long as a vendor is able to provide them. The store will have a pharmacy, which will be Target's sixth in the islands.
The 24.45-acre Pu'unene Shopping Center is on lands formerly owned by Alexander & Baldwin and will include more than 275,000 square feet of retail space with approximately 1,425 parking stalls. The Target building will occupy 141,200 square feet.
Goodfellow Bros. is the general contractor. Job fairs for the Target store will take place around two months before its opening, a news release said.
Dignitaries take part in a groundbreaking blessing conducted by Kahu Laki Ka‘ahumanu on last week at the site of the new Target store at Pu‘unēnē Shopping Center. The shopping center is to be built on the lot on the Kīhei side of Zippy’s restaurant.
The center's other tenants will open in mid-2015. In addition to Target, there will be three other large retail businesses and there could be around 20 or so smaller retailers.
An announcement said the commercial mix will include local and national retailers, restaurants and service providers.