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Target opens Kailua store

    Shoppers fill their carts as the Target store in Kailua opens Wednesday.

Target Corp. opened its long-awaited Kailua store on Wednesday, after a more than a two-year delay.

The Minneapolis-based retailer renovated a 130,000-square-foot store at 345 Hahani St. previously occupied by Don Quijote.

The Kailua store, originally scheduled to open in July 2012, earlier met opposition from a vocal group of residents who fear the big-box retailer will change Kailua’s small-town charm, bring more people into the quiet neighborhood and cause further traffic congestion.

The company also ran into other development delays. It was forced revise plans for the project after an archaeological study discovered unidentified iwi kupuna, or Native Hawaiian skeletal remains. 

The company has hired roughly 500 workers combined for the Kailua store and another location in Kahului on Maui. 

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