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    Owner Madeleine Snow at Kahala Shell, which closing Thursday.

The Kahala Shell gas station on Waialae Avenue is changing ownership on Thursday and will no longer offer auto repairs.

Madeleine Snow, owner of the long-standing Kahala Shell Auto Care Inc. across from Kahala Mall, said the gas station and car wash will continue to operate under new management.

The service station’s 35 employees can re-apply with the new operator or look for work elsewhere.

Snow has been with the company for more than 34 years and decided to shut down the business at the end of her lease term because landowner Kamehameha Schools has plans to redevelop the block, she said.

“The land lease for this whole block is short and we’re at crucial point,” she said. “They have future plans and it will no longer support a service station. It will only support a gas station.”

Aloha Petroleum plans to continue operating the station under the Shell brand until the station is forced to close, the company said in a press release. Once rebuilt, Aloha Petroleum will operate the gas-only portion with the Shell brand and a new facility. The master development plan for the area is scheduled for mid-2016. 

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