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Peet's Coffee expanding on Oahu

Published On: Sep 18 2013 03:43:17 PM HST

Kaneohe Ranch

HONOLULU -

With two current locations on Oahu, Peet’s Coffee & Tea is planning to expand to Kailua Town, according to Kaneohe Ranch.

It will open in early 2014 at 143 Hekili Street in Suite 120. Kaneohe Ranch will turn
over the 648-square-foot store to Peet's in November for the California-based company to build out its interior.

Peet's Coffee has two existing locations on Oahu-- both at the Sheraton Waikiki, by the pool and valet.  But, Peet's Coffee & Tea Hawaii licensed partner Chipper Pastron said he and his partners Sal Sr. and Sal Jr. Casola are excited about opening a store in Kailua.

"Kailua is the No. 1 area we’ve wanted to get into for years," Pastron said.  "This will be the first store in Hawaii where we are really part of a community.  We also believe that the Kailua customers will appreciate the high level of artisan products we have to offer."

Peet's Coffee & Tea opened its first store in Berkeley, Calif., in 1966. Each batch of coffee is personally hand roasted, and roast masters select the best coffee beans.   For tea enthusiasts, Peet's offers an equally thoughtful selection of herbal, certified organic and rare teas.

"Kailua shoppers value quality, and this charming caffeine oasis will offer the service and high-quality products local residents appreciate – making Peet’s Coffee & Tea another great hangout for Kailua residents,” said Kimo Steinwascher, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kaneohe Ranch.

Janeen Lee-Abelaye, general manager of the Peet's Coffee at the Waikiki locations, says the top seller is the simple freshly-brewed coffee.

"Peet’s Coffee is known for its quality roasting,” said Lee-Abelaye. "While we do sell a lot of blended drinks, lattes and different types of espresso, the freshly brewed coffee is what our customers love."

The Kailua location will also sell breakfast sandwiches, and fresh-baked artisan pastries -- all created exclusively for Peet's Coffee & Tea Hawaii.

Peet's Coffee neighboring tenants in the renovated 143 Hekili Street property will include
Crepes No Ka 'Oi and swimwear boutique Splash! Hawaii.

Pastron is planning a blessing and other grand-opening festivities when the store opens early next year.

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