West Hawai‘i’s Kona Commons Shopping Center reaches 100% occupancy
One of West Hawai‘i’s busiest shopping centers, Kona Commons, has reached 100% occupancy.
The announcement came on Oct. 17 that the 320,000-square-foot shopping complex is fully leased with 27 national and locally owned service amenities, shops, and restaurants situated on 10 acres in Kailua-Kona. The four merchants who moved in this year include Island Naturals Market & Deli, Skechers, Majestic Nails, and most recently, Aloha Grown.
Kona Commons hasn’t been at full occupancy since 2016 after Sports Authority Sporting Goods closed that same year in July.
“We are honored to be the home to many well-liked retailers, eateries, and service amenities, and we value our relationships with each of them immensely. Kona Commons truly offers something for everyone, and we look forward to continuing that commitment,” said Todd Hedrick, Vice President of Leasing and Property Management.
Randy Kurohara, principal in Aloha Grown, a kama’aina-owned and operated business on Hawai‘i Island with a vision to promote sustainability, said he chose Kona Commons for its track record of attracting both locals and visitors with a diverse mix of businesses.
Another local business, Hawaiian Island Creations, HIC, has been at Kona Commons for almost 10 years.
“The Center’s commitment to assisting its merchants and supporting their growth in a positive and productive direction is something that we value in a tenant/landlord relationship,” said Brycean Baculpo, HIC manager. “We look forward to a continued positive partnership with Kona Commons.”
Mark Turner, owner of the Dairy Queen at Kona Commons, which opened in 2013, echoed the positive comments on the Shopping Center, calling it “the best mall in Kona.” Foot traffic has always been good and is increasing, he says. Proof of this success was recognized when his shop received the DQ Pride Award for excellence.
“We’re the only store in Hawai‘i that received this award and one of only two in the West region,” Turner said.
The shopping center is owned by local partners MacNaughton and Kobayashi Group.