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Walgreens to build new store and parking garage in Ala Moana

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Dalgene Kaauwai Dalgene Kaauwai
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii's first Walgreens store is already closing, but not for long. The Kapiolani location, which was the site of the old Tower Records, will be torn down. The KFC next door will also be demolished.

The plan is to build a new two story building with a new Walgreens and a parking garage. It will reopen at the end of 2014. In the meantime, employees will be transferred to other stores.

"Well we're all kind of sad because a lot of us have been here a long time. I've here since 2009. This is home this is my home store but I don't mind the challenge of going to Nuuanu," said Dalgene Kaauwai, Walgreens Beauty Advisor who works in the cosmetics department.

"I think it's good in a way since Walgreens is renovating and they're going to make a parking structure so more customers can come in and shop at their store," said Joshua Perallon, customer.

Walgreens opened its first location in Hawaii at the corner of Keeaumoku Street and Kapiolani Boulevard across from Ala Moana mall in November 2007.

KFC will not reopen at that location. Its employees will be given the option to transfer to another restaurant.

KFC closes June 26. Walgreens will close a month later on July 27.

Walgreens will open a temporary pharmacy across the street in the Makaloa Plaza.