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Don Quijote buying Marukai

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 12:46 p.m. HST, Jul 31, 2013

<br /><br />Craig T. Kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com<br />A report due out today shows consumer spending in Hawaii increased 8.69 percent in 2011. Yumi Yamashita swiped her card at Marukai Market Friday as cashier Gabrille Lovell looked on.<br />

Japan-based Don Quijote Co. is in talks to buy California-based Marukai Corp. USA.

The stock-purchase deal would have Don Quijote become the owner of 100 percent of the stock in Marukai. Marukai has stores in California and Hawaii.

“It’s not a done deal,” Marukai Operations Manager Wes Oshima told the Star-Advertiser this morning, but it is scheduled to be finalized Sept. 30, he said.

The officers of Marukai “are confident” that Don Quijote will continue the membership-store’s operations, “and we have told our employees that,” Oshima said.

On Oahu, Marukai has a Wholesale Mart on Kamehameha Highway, Marukai Market Place on Auahi Street, and formerly ran several 99 Cent Super Stores in various communities, among other retail concepts.

Don Quijote has stores in Honolulu, Pearl City and Waipahu, and closed its Kailua location to make way for a Target store that has yet to be built.

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awahana wrote:
With all the Japanese nationals now in Hawaii, we still have a long way to go to even get a smidgen of what's available in Japan department store basements. Heck, even what's in a convenience store in Japan. Have you seen?! Unreal good stuff.
I think the Keaaumoku Korean Marts and Palama are already ahead, giving their communities a closer taste to homeland heaven.
on July 31,2013 | 09:04AM
cojef wrote:
Same effect in Southern California, Marukai located on Harbor/Baker streets, believe in Fountain Valley or Buena Park. Korean markets are really expanding their muscle and bravely invade territories serviced by other ethnic grocery markets. In Irivine, we have several Korean markets that we frequent. No Don Quijote yet, but if the buy-out goes through, the market we have been frequenting these last 10 years will become Don Quijote. There is another Japanese market closer and they have several store in the area, Mitsuwa, probably owned by some Chinese interests. The 99 Ranch Markets are Chinese operations, which in our neighborhood number 2.
on July 31,2013 | 09:17AM
kamoae wrote:
Although I like Don Quixote in Japan because of their selection and prices, their mechanizing strategies leave a lot to be desired. Lots of items stacked high, narrow aisles and sometimes frazzled and unhelpful staff (yes, there are these kinds of sales people in japan too!) make it unappealing to the average American shopper. Perhaps they can find a better way to merchandise their goods in a more appealing manner than in japan.
on July 31,2013 | 09:24AM
false wrote:
Arakawa's in Waipahu were quite successful in spite of their seemingly disarray of merchandise. Like Don Quixote, it was a fun place to shop and save, unlike the too organized Targets and their high prices.
on July 31,2013 | 10:10AM
kamoae wrote:
Arakawas was never like Don Quixote in Japan. Although they had an wide selection of merchandise, you could always walk through the aisles and browse the merchandise comfortably. Have you been to this store in Osaka? High shelves, narrow aisles, messy. Walked in, turned around and left. Claustrophobic! And HOT to boot! No, Arakawas was nothing like Don Quixote!
on July 31,2013 | 10:54AM
kinkyhobo wrote:
The store is designed like that to recreate a treasure hunt during your shopping experience, founders of Donki claims that it makes shopping more exciting because you never know what kind of bargains you will find. As for the Osaka store, which one were you talking about? I find that the Umeda store seems to have larger aisles than the normal Don Quixote in Japan.
on July 31,2013 | 11:58AM
kamoae wrote:
The store I'm talking about is near the Glico Man on the Dotonbori Canal in Osaka. .Never been to the Umeda Store.
on July 31,2013 | 01:36PM
palani wrote:
Great news! Now maybe we won't have to pay a membership fee for the "privilege" of purchasing things at inflated, premium prices.
on July 31,2013 | 09:46AM
baileygirl9631 wrote:
That's one of the reasons I quit Marukai. I hope no membership bullcorn.
on July 31,2013 | 10:18AM
boshio wrote:
How about coming back to the Windward side.
on July 31,2013 | 01:35PM
jess wrote:
My two favorite stores combined! I am still very upset about the Kailua Don Quijote store closing. Target's plans are not even finalized yet, they could have remained open for all this time!
on July 31,2013 | 10:09AM
foliefolie wrote:
Don Q did not want to renew their lease. It was NOT Target that pushed them out. Don Q made their own decision to close that store.
on July 31,2013 | 10:15PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I would trade both of these stores for just one big Mitsuwa.
on July 31,2013 | 11:27AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Don Quijote is quite and interesting store. They have a lot of items that a typical grocery would not carry such as Japanese and other oriental products. You would think that this store would be pricey due to the huge inventory but I was surprised that a lot of items actually cost less than Foodland. For example, a package of Chinese Egg Noodles, same brand costs a dollar less here. I found a package of Chips Ahoy Chewy on sale for $2.77 here while it is well over $4 dollars at Foodland and Longs. I had spent over two dollars more at Foodland for this product. They also carry a lot of stuff that Foodland does not carry such as spices and meats and produce used by those who cook oriental foods. I would be interested what they do with the Marukai location. If they create another Don Quijote, that would be a win for the community in that area.
on July 31,2013 | 11:55AM
jess wrote:
Try their poke! It's good, better than Foodland!
on July 31,2013 | 12:27PM
foliefolie wrote:
OMG! I guess you like gassed fish.
on July 31,2013 | 10:16PM
groinksan wrote:
It seems like this relationship will be similar to WalMart and SAM'S CLUB. In that situation, SAM'S is still a membership-based store, but receives the benefits of WalMart's discounts on mass shipping of product to Hawaii. Marukai would then receive even cheaper inventory by taking advantage of Don Quiote's cost of importing product here. Domestic products at Marukai are pretty cost competitive with other stores, but its Japan imports are pretty expensive - especially the liquor, drinks and candies. I'm hoping that this merge will lower the prices on the imports.
on July 31,2013 | 12:50PM
4watitsworth wrote:
I hope DQ keeps Marukai as is with no changes except in ownership. We don't need another DQ.
on July 31,2013 | 01:39PM
foliefolie wrote:
They should do away with the membership. Just let anyone shop there!
on July 31,2013 | 10:18PM
roxeee wrote:
They need to open a store on Maui. Please!
on July 31,2013 | 06:46PM
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