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At 100, a supermarket staple on the Big Isle defies the odds

  • TIM WRIGHT / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Barry Taniguchi, right, and his son, Toby, standing in the produce section of the Puainako KTA store in Hilo, represent the third and fourth generations of their family to run the supermarket chain founded by Koichi Taniguchi and his wife, Taniyo. KTA is marking its 100th anniversary this year.

  • COURTESY KTA SUPER STORES

    KTA Super Stores started in 1916 as K. Taniguchi Shoten, a modest 500-square-foot grocery and dry goods store. Since then KTA has grown to a six-store chain on the Big Island.

If freight ordered by K. Taniguchi Shoten wasn’t repeatedly mixed up with another store’s orders, Big Island-based KTA Super Stores might be marking its 100th anniversary under a different name. Read more

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