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Costco Coming to East Hawaii

Costco has announced plans to open on the East side of the Big Island of Hawaii in 2018.  Their current plans are to renovate and expand at the former Safeway located at Prince Kuhio Plaza.Representative Ian Kirkland stated, East Hawaii residents have been longing for a Costco and are “tired of making the drive over from the Hilo side of the island for a simple hot dog or pizza combo special.”

Costco plans to open 32 warehouses in fiscal 2018 — a record expansion pace for the retailer. By comparison, it added 23 locations last year and its highest new warehouse count over the last decade was the 31 stores it opened in 2007.

Safeway had no comment on this story and has rebuilt another store within a mile of this location.

New warehouse launches provide a quick boost to membership levels and revenue growth. But the real impact isn’t felt until the stores mature into their tenth year and beyond. Costco’s newest locations that were opened in the last three years, for example, have averaged $104 million of sales during their freshman years. But that number steadily climbs toward $178 million per year for the Costco warehouses that have been around for over a decade.

Plans for a Maui and Kauai Costco are being discussed but nothing has been confirmed as of this post.  The grand opening date is scheduled for April 1st, 2018 according to developer Lirpa Sloof.

Worlds Longest Zip Line Proposed for the Big Island

The world’s longest zip line has been proposed for the Island of Hawaii.

An Australian company wants to build a zip line from the top of Mauna Kea down to Coconut Island

Mauna Kea Zip, LLC., has applied for a permit to install and operate what will be the longest zip line in the world at over 6 miles long.  The proposed plan would have the platform rise 40 feet in the air from the Mauna Kea Visitors Information Center and would propel riders approximately 55 – 65 miles per hour down to Coconut Island in Hilo, Hawaii.

If approved, the zip line would start from the Mauna Kea Visitors Information Center

Company President Lipra Sloof, said that while they expect some opposition from folks that don’t want these type of activities happening on Mauna Kea… Zip Lining has proven to be an industry that does little environmental harm.

Longest zip line in the world with the most beautiful scenery planned.

If approved by the County of Hawaii, the zip line would become the longest in the world.

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