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Target Talks With Kapolei Community

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by: Paul Drewes

KAPOLEI (KHNL) - The plan is to build Target's first store on a giant lot in Kapolei. Wednesday evening community members had the chance to hear Target officials outline their proposal.

Target's slogan is "Expect more, pay less." And while eager shoppers broke out in applause during target's presentation, some concerned residents are "expecting more" headaches for their community.

After Target personnel made their presentation, residents took aim at the upscale discounters wages for workers and non-union status of employees. But one of the biggest issues for this fast-growing community is traffic. And what a new 160-thousand square foot store would add to already congested streets.

It's one of the issues Target says it hopes to resolve before they break ground next spring.

"The only concern I have is traffic, it is horrendous. Sometimes its impossible getting in and out and an additional store will make it even harder." says Polly Grace, a Waianae resident.

"We have a lot to learn. This will be our first store in Hawaii. We're looking for feedback that it till fit in with the community and fulfill a need - which is some extra, unique shopping and an alternative for shopping." says Target Representative, Brie Heath.

The new Target store will be built by the Honolulu Advertsier building, away from the already developed part of Kapolei. The discount store would not be a "superstore" but would have some food, frozen and dairy items, and would be bigger than their normal Target stores.

The company hopes to spend a year on construction and open in 2009.

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