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Find Your Favorite Thing Here: 7-Eleven
You can tell from the ocean-blue and sand-toned decor, pendant lighting and aloha-attired clerks, that this is not your familiar neighborhood 7-Eleven. Opened in May 2011, the 7-Eleven at Beachside is the convenience-chain giant’s first resort-themed outlet worldwide. It’s also 7-Eleven’s first store in Waikiki after a four-year absence.
“7-Eleven is getting into the resort market, with the possibility of more resort-setting stores like this one on Oahu,” says Edna Ching, merchandising manager for Seven-Eleven Hawaii Inc., which has 56 7-Eleven stores statewide, 47 on Oahu. Its first store, opened in 1978, is still operating on Second Avenue in Kaimuki. The Waikiki store may be a model for future resort-style stores for the convenience chain.
The 7-Eleven at Beachside features a number of unique items, geared toward visitors to Hawaii. Custom-made islands house both hot and cold foods, including an exclusive soba (buckwheat) noodle pack and other foods catering to tourists. It’s the only location offering outdoor seating for dining. It also has larger sales of Hawaii-themed T-shirts, says Ching.
Local residents can also find 7-Eleven’s signature Big Gulp fountain soft drinks, Slurpees and familiar convenient, healthy and fast foods for a quick snack or an affordable lunch. “We’re pleased that we attract more local residents working in Waikiki. Building tenants are regular customers throughout the day,” she adds.
Find it at: Bank of Hawaii Waikiki Center
2155 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 110
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