Mom-and-pop eateries at popular food court prepare to leave as Home Depot moves in
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A popular food court in Mapunapuna will close soon, leaving longtime businesses in the spot scrambling for new homes.
Businesses at the old 99 Ranch Market in Mapunapuna must move out by July 15 to make way for a Home Depot. But many of them have yet to find a new location and are asking property managers for more time.
“We’re still looking for a place to go,” said Stacy Lau, manager of 99 Local Mix Plate. “So far [we] have no luck.”
99 Local Mix Plate has been serving its local grinds for nearly 20 years out of the popular marketplace.
The popular spot is one of the few places in the area with a variety of mom-and-pop lunchtime choices.
Seeing her regulars is what Lau said she is going to miss most.
“Really it’s like family. We talk story all day,” said Lau.
The former lessees gave up the property due to the economic impacts of the COVID pandemic.
Hawaiian Island Twisters is also still looking for a new place.
“Our feeling to move out by the 15th is daunting and it’s also kind of a struggle,” said Assistant Coach Joel Shugart. “Right now, we’re thinking about our kids, we’re thinking about our staff.”
Shugart said they need more time to break down their equipment and set up in a new facility.
And the businesses aren’t alone. Regulars like a group of Farrington High alumni from the Class of 1975 are also looking for a new place for their monthly meetings.
“We’re very sad that they’re closing,” said Henry Kalakihi, of Honolulu.
The new property management company — JLL — confirmed Home Depot will be moving in. They said they’ve gone above what Hawaii law requires to give tenants time to make plans.
A letter was sent out to tenants May 27.
The company also said they’re working with tenants on an individual basis. They encourage businesses to reach out to them if accommodations for specific circumstances are needed.
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