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Hooters at Aloha Tower Marketplace closes; inquiries made on vacant waterfront spaces

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                                Hooters is one of two restaurants to close at Aloha Tower this month.

    MARK LADAO / MLADAO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hooters is one of two restaurants to close at Aloha Tower this month.

The Hooters sports bar at Aloha Tower Marketplace has closed.

The property was turned over Monday to Hawaii Pacific University’s property management company, Hawaii Lifestyle Retail Properties LLC, after the establishment shut down last week.

The university owns the marketplace and leases the land from the state.

The closure of Hooters comes days after another Aloha Tower restaurant, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, abruptly closed over the weekend after 26 years.

Josh Kern, chief experience officer of CraftWorks Holdings which operates Gordon Biersch restaurants across the country, said they made a decision to close the Honolulu restaurant because the business was losing money due to a lack of customers.

A company representative for Hooters could not be reached at this time.

Hawaii Pacific University spokesman Stephen Ward said the closures had to do with issues in the restaurants’ respective companies.

The sports bar was the only Hooters in Hawaii. Hooters of America, LLC is Hooters’ franchisor and is based in Atlanta, Ga.

The property management company and its broker, Colliers International, has already received inquiries about the two waterfront spaces from established businesses both in and outside of Hawaii, according to Brooke Carroll, vice president of advancement at HPU.

“Colliers is helping HLRP find tenants who will complement downtown Honolulu and join Aloha Tower Marketplace tenants like Old Spaghetti Factory, and our newest additions like Teapresso Bar, Hina Hawaii and HItalian Ice,” Carroll said in a statement today.

Ward said, “We think there will be some good opportunities to come up with some exciting new steps for those locations.”

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