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Two locally owned businesses will soon close their doors at the Lahaina Center to make way for The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina, which will take over the center space with national outlet stores in the upcoming months.
The 11 acre center at 900 Front St. is being remodeled to accommodate stores such as those open for shoppers at Hawaii only current outlet mall, the Waikele Premium Outlets on Oahu.
very sad . . . We got the boot, said Ginny Sparks, the half of Glow Putt Productions owner Jim Bertoncino. don want any mom and pops. Putt, an indoor glow in the dark miniature golf course, has been at the center for nearly nine years. Bertoncino and Sparks will close at the location April 27 and are facing the challenge of finding a place big enough to relocate their business.
After being a center tenant for eight years, Hair Salon Unlimited will be moving, too, but owner Joan Davenport has been fortunate enough to find a new location in Lahaina.
Initially, she was upset she had to move her salon, Davenport said, but things happen for a reason. reported finding a larger space on nearby Limahana Place. There, she will be paying the same amount of rent as she has paid at the center.
Nevertheless, she is anxiety about moving, needing to pay for repairs and upgrades to her new space, plus paying rent at both spots during the transition from one shop to the other all while coping with a recent death in her family.
An announcement Thursday from The Outlets of Maui said renovations have begun and reopening festivities have been slated for this fall. Last year, it was reported that the outlet was scheduled to open in July.
A list of retailers set to open at the outlet mall includes Coach, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Adidas,
Carters, Guess, Perfumania, Luggage Factory, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, Crocs and Lucky Brand.
Existing center anchor tenants Hard Rock Cafe, Ruth Chris Steak House and Hilo Hattie will remain, as well as the Warren and Annabelle Magic Show venue, ABC Stores, Cold Stone Creamery and Wyndham.
An estimated 35 restaurants and retailers will occupy the outlet. The businesses will range in size from 800 to 17,000 square feet.
According to those involved with the project, the mall buildings will be remodeled in hopes of turning around the center historically low occupancy rate and attracting more shoppers to the tail end of Front Street retail visitor section.
Glow Putt owner Bertoncino said it been challenging to find a space large enough in West Maui for his 5,000 square foot miniature golf course, and he looking in Kihei as well.
Business has been good at the center, and Bertoncino said he wanted to assure customers that his doors were not closing because business was bad.
been a good store for us. We would love to stay. (But) nothing stays the same. Everything changes at some point, he said.
He added that his business might complement the outlet stores because it would offer husbands and children a place to play and hang out while mothers and other family members went shopping. The business attracted both residents and visitors.
Bertoncino wished the center the best, adding that he wouldn want to have to leave if it weren for something more positive for the shopping complex. April 27.
Davenport new space for her hair salon will be on the mauka side of Honoapiilani Highway at The Mind Eye Square at 1068 Limahana Place.
Her shop at the Lahaina Center will probably remain open for another month, she said. All her stylists will follow her to the new shop.
Most of Davenport customers hear of her through word of mouth, so being at the Lahaina Center with its high vacancy rate was not a problem, she said.
She is looking forward to being close to The Mind Eye Interiors shop because that business attracts affluent customers,
which could translate to better business for her shop.