Biz Wrap: Applegate Launches Tourism Consulting Firm
There was good news on the business front this week when state officials announced that unemployment in Hawaii dropped to 4.9% last month, its lowest level since 2008.
In other positive economic news, Zippy’s started recruiting this week for its new location in Hilo, while Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea is expanding its distribution statewide.
Here’s a look at what else is happening in the business world around Hawai‘i Island.
Tourism Exec Forms Consulting Firm
The longtime executive director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau has created his own consulting business on the eve of stepping down from the bureau.
George Applegate has launched George Applegate Consulting LLC, according to a report in the Pacific Business News.
Applegate, 66, who retires from the BIVB at the end of the month, will continue to work on tourism issues affecting the state. The newspaper reports that Applegate’s clients will include the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and its island chapters.
Ross Birch will replace Applegate as president of BIVB effective May 31. Birch was formerly the general manager of the Makalei Golf Club.
Roy Ishihara Joins Y. Hata
Y. Hata & Co., Ltd. announced that Roy Ishihara has joined the organization as general manager of its retail division. Prior to accepting this position, Ishihara was vice president of operations for Marukai Corporation.
The firm created this new position as a result of expanding business. 2013 marks the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of the Hilo-based food service distributor.
Waikoloa Grill’n Bar For Sale
Waikoloa Grill’n Bar, located across from the Waikoloa Hilton Resort, is on the market.
Cindy and Dickie Furtado, who own the casual fine-dining restaurant, are selling the business in order to retire.
Located at the edge of the beach golf course, the stand-alone building is within walking distance of most Waikoloa resorts and condos.
The restaurant, which grosses over $1 million a year, is being offered turnkey at $225,000. Harold Meltzer, of Real Estate Consultants of Kona, is representing the couple in the sale.
Farm Supply Cooperative Moving
As of next Monday, the Farm Supply Cooperative will be operating from a new location in Hilo.
The cooperative, which provides fertilizer, herbicides and nursery products, is moving to the former Machida Inc. building at 60 Holomua St.
Although a member-owned cooperative, the store’s advertised and store-special prices are available to the general public. The store will be closed tomorrow during the move and will reopen Monday in the new location.
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