Longtime Pahoa store to close after 75 years

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - News that a longtime Pahoa store will close after 75 years in business is making community members nostalgic.

Pahoa Cash & Carry announced that it will be closing on Nov. 15. General Manager Dennis Kitsman says a closeout sale includes the store's shelves, cash register and flatbed truck.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the store is a throwback to an era when sugar was king.

Customers have been sharing memories about the mom-and-pop store. Suzanne Case is a former Big Island resident now living in Illinois. She says the closure is "like the death of a longtime friend."

Former employee Barbara Cunningham calls it "part of our hearts and souls."

The store is owned by the Hara and Kawamoto families. They no longer manage the business but customers remember them fondly.

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