Whole Foods to Open in Kailua

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KAILUA (KHNL) -  Whole Foods Market announced plans to open Oahu's next market in Kailua.  The store is expected to open in 2010.

It will be located on the site of the old Straub Clinic and present First Hawaiian Bank branch.  The bank will remain open throughout the redevelopment.  A larger state-of-the-art branch will be built within the same shopping complex.

"We are excited to be a part of the Kailua community," said Michael Besancon, president of Whole Foods Market's Southern Pacific Region.  "We believe this community has a lifestyle that fits the products we offer and the environmentally responsible mindset that we promise as part of our company philosophy."

Construction of First Hawaiian Bank's new larger Kailua branch will begin in 2008 and is expected to be completed in early 2009.