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Target puts a bull's-eye on Don Quijote locale - Hawaii Business

There are 80 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 17, 2009, titled Target puts a bull's-eye on Don Quijote locale - Hawaii Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Target Stores of Minneapolis has set its sights on the seven-acre site now leased to Don Quijote in Kailua.

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Aiea, HI

#1 Oct 17, 2009
Target though is a nice store lacks that 'local' appeal. Target in the mainland and here is totally different. The quality of clothing material is much better in the mainland while our stores are stocked much like K-Mart and Wal-Mart and priced a bit more higher and even military families noticed this. Daiei and DQ feels more like 'home'. Where else can you find knick knacks that caters to locals?
Desert Rat

Bainbridge, GA

#2 Oct 17, 2009
While Target is *okay* Donki rocks.
glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#3 Oct 17, 2009
KEEP FIGHTING...DON'T LET THEM IN. Otherwise your neighborhood will be ruined and turned in a slum. I mention prior, I was on the Sayre Business Association for years when WalMart wanted in. The promises WalMart made were hollow. Now, our downtown looks like a ghost town.
Sam Walton

San Diego, CA

#4 Oct 17, 2009
Big Box retailers drain dollars from a community. Instead of cycling those dollars within the community, Big Box steadily impoverishes the community by forever draining wealth from the community and pouring it into the bank accounts of out-of-town executives which have no allegiance to our community -- nor any care for our welfare (since they don't live in the community being drained).
Sam Walton

San Diego, CA

#5 Oct 17, 2009
Big Box retailers do not create an improved retail environment for a community or result in a net increase in jobs. Instead, they tend to cannibalize existing, in-town retail sales and in-town (often locally-owned) jobs. This is true at both the local level and the regional level. No net increase in retail sales or jobs. Just a geographic shifting from existing businesses to the Big Box. All other retailers selling similar products are often wiped out because they are unable to compete.
Lord Haha

Ewa Beach, HI

#6 Oct 17, 2009
Only in Kailua do the darn idiots appear. A few old farts that have nothing to do but complain.
Bartley, Wong, Simmon, Bremner the entire crew will be in on this one. Losers. community clowns.

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Oct 17, 2009
glenn paul wrote:
KEEP FIGHTING...DON'T LET THEM IN. Otherwise your neighborhood will be ruined and turned in a slum. I mention prior, I was on the Sayre Business Association for years when WalMart wanted in. The promises WalMart made were hollow. Now, our downtown looks like a ghost town.
What are you talking about Walmart for? This is Target and its much different than Slum Mart.
Kailua Boy

United States

#8 Oct 17, 2009
Hey Lord, I hope you are not calling me a loser because I was born in Kailua 55 years ago too.
The town I grew up in was a cool place. I remember little town carnivals, visiting Elsie at Kalapawai Market, riding the pony in front of wigwam, and a little hometown feeling.

Today my town seems to be filled with unhappy transplants who are rude and unfriendly. The entire atmosphere has changed. I really feel that I have the right to say "go home and take Target with you" and leave me, and my Kailua alone.
Kailua Boy 2

Kailua, HI

#9 Oct 17, 2009
DQ is a big box retailer but, from Japan and not the mainland. They are the largest in Japan and all look the same just like Target. What is the problem if they give something at a fair price and the building looks and smell good (unlike DQ)?

Renton, WA

#10 Oct 17, 2009
Target in Kailua, WOW. I'm from Honolulu and live in Washington State, when relatives visit, it's a big deal to shop at TARGET. They all say it's a better presented store here ,then in Hawaii. I did get to see the 2 stores in Honolulu and have to agree, here on the Mainland we do have better quality and prices on "some items". But all in all everything at most stores are the same everywhere. We have family in Kailua and love the wholesome small town feeling it's manage to maintain, be a shame to lose that by letting these bigbox stores in. You already have WALGREEN which is almost on every block where I live, don't do the same in your town.
Julie a former islander

San Francisco, CA

#11 Oct 17, 2009
i love Don Quijote store, its great, Target is just generic, its just new to Hawaii but it gets old fast, Don Quijote caters to Hawaii's taste, Target is just Mainland
Julie a former islander

San Francisco, CA

#12 Oct 17, 2009
keep the Big Box Store out of kailua town
Sam Walton

San Diego, CA

#13 Oct 17, 2009
If the big boxes are to come into the city, we should insist that they act like New York City businesses. Otherwise, I think, our uniquely creative, transit-oriented, neighborhood-oriented, walkable, way of life, in which small shops set immigrants on the escalator to the middle class, and in which our 600 neighborhoods are among the city's chief amenities, will be destroyed. The same goes for Hawaii. New York City ain't the mainland as well.

“Jazz Music - Good For The Soul”

Since: Sep 07

Kailua, Oahu, HI

#14 Oct 17, 2009
If those buildings were torn down (including the old theater)...and Target built brand new...that would definitely give a MAJOR facelift to that site.

One potential downside:
Traffic on Hahani Street. It already sucks. Perhaps a traffic signal at Hahani and Hekili is needed. And also an entry/exit to the parking lot off of Kailua Road behind Formaggio's, near the old Michael's Liquor store.

Another thing that could/should be done is to relocate the post office to further back in the parking lot. Think of it...Target...a new Post Office...other retailers and

So, I say bring Target to Kailua! It would be a great fit...and would be 1000 times better than having to drive into town to go to Target there.

Aiea, HI

#15 Oct 17, 2009
I am absolutely appalled at the idea of a Target in Kailua. Don Quijote offers items more fitting to Windward. Whole Foods Market is not needed, too. As stated in the last paragraph, Kailua has enough food stores!Enough Mainland chains on this Island. We are losing our character!
Big Boxes in Kailua

Honolulu, HI

#16 Oct 17, 2009
Previous plans for the holiday Mart site were smaller when the lease came up.
A mainland big box retailer in the center of downtown Kailua is absurd.

Schaumburg, IL

#17 Oct 17, 2009
"Enough Mainland chains on this island. We are losing our character!" - Can't agree more!

Before visiting Honolulu the first time. I imagined the coffee shops in Honolulu as tiny Hawaiian huts selling their locally grown Kona coffee here and there. It was a huge turn-off when I saw Starbucks all over the town. Hawaii is not a part of the mainland. Its local exotic essence is much more fascinating.
Der Kommissar

Kapolei, HI

#18 Oct 17, 2009
$$$= power. If Target wants to put a store in Kailua, they're going to do it.

Hawaii has to stop living in the nostalgia of the 50s. Kailua will always be Kailua, no matter which stores are in place. You want "country?" Go live Molokai.
Der Kommissar

Kapolei, HI

#19 Oct 17, 2009
Julie a former islander wrote:
Target is just Mainland
What a bigoted statement. Seeing as you're "mainland" though, I'll make sure to give your comments the weight they deserve.

United States

#20 Oct 17, 2009
Target will be one of the final pieces for Kaneohe Ranch's creation of their new town Kailuafornia.

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