By: Darren Pai
(KHNL) - The sounds of feathered friends have echoed in one corner of Windward mall for years, and the staff at Koolau Pets say they have few complaints about the facilities.
"You come on this side it's a little more slow, a little more mellow shopping," said Rob Lawrence, shop manger.
"You don't have to deal with the hazards in parking and the mad rush."
But the mall hasn't been renovated since it opened in 1982 and even the most long-term tenants say its time for a new look.
"So with this new renovation it will open up our side of the mall and have traffic coming through again," Lawrence said.
Mall management hopes new flooring, lights and interior design will produce a more contemporary shopping experience.
The renovation project will cost $23 million and is expected to take a year.
"This is a clean mall, except the look is a little outdated, the old 70's look," said Jonathan Kim, mall general manager.
In addition to updating it's look, the mall says it's specifically looking to attract younger customers. That could lead to an increase in overall business.
"What we're trying to do is give the windward people the variety so they don't have to go that far," Kim said.
In the last year, Windward Mall has added 14 new tenants. Mall management hopes the renovation project will continue that momentum.