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Hawaii Outback locations spared the ax

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 04:43 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

The announcement by Outback Steakhouse parent company Bloomin' Brands Inc. that it would close 22 under-performing locations does not affect Hawaii, confirmed Elizabeth Watts, director of media and community relations.

Hawaii's six Outback Steakhouse locations are in Waikiki, Hawaii Kai, Waipio, Kapolei, Kihei, Maui and in Kailua-Kona.

Florida-based Bloomin' Brands will close the stores before the end of the first quarter to make way for new expansion.

The stores to be closed have negative sales, ruling them out as candidates for relocation, according to industry reports.

Koch did not provide an estimate of how many people the company employs in the islands.

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toobn wrote:
Kailua-Kona deserves to be closed. It is terrible! Prices are also about 25% higher than TV ads.
on February 27,2014 | 12:34PM
kgolfinghawaii wrote:
I believe there are two on Maui not just one.
on February 27,2014 | 02:49PM
cojef wrote:
When we stay at the Ilikai we have eaten at Red Lobster, but not at the Outback. Somehow, their menu does not suit our fancy.
on February 27,2014 | 03:28PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Warning: Pedantry ahead.

I know this is a valid spelling of the word, but I can't recall the last time I saw axe spelled without the 'e'.

on February 27,2014 | 04:13PM
lokela wrote:
They okay. Not the best but okay here in most of Hawaii.
on February 27,2014 | 04:39PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Their famous cut comes from between the horns. Darn near lost my implant.
on February 27,2014 | 05:24PM
Anonymous wrote:
Well cats nomo strong teeth.
on February 28,2014 | 07:37PM
niimi wrote:
Hy's, Morton's, Ruth Chris, Buzz's.
on February 27,2014 | 08:41PM
Anonymous wrote:
And still they Neva close em down. So I guess they must be doing okay enough. Similar to the Zippy's Denny's L&L battlefront. Zippy's has the main niche including Saimin, Denny's is catered to tourists and L&L, I have no comment, except when we think of family dining, Zippy's comes to mind first, instead of L&L.
on February 28,2014 | 07:35PM
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