The next venture: Construction begins on Matsuyama shopping center

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The ground has been mowed and construction has begun on a new mall in North Kona.

The Matsuyama Mall Project is under construction on a 1.36 acre parcel off Kaiminani Drive near the north entrance of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority on the makai side of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

When complete, the center will include a gas station with six pumps, a 2,450 square foot convenience store with restrooms, a commercial kitchen and a restaurant with 3,700 square feet of space, in addition to two electric vehicle charging stations. and space for a future hydrogen refueling station.

Alex Matsuyama and his brothers oversee the project, which is being built by Tinguely Development.

“My grandfather always dreamed of growing up. This next venture allows us to follow in my father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, pursue their vision and dream of providing good service to the community, expanding and leaving something to the next generation ”, Matsuyama said. The family currently owns and operates two sites – one mauka in Kalaoa and the other makai in Kohanaiki.

He said strategically, it’s a good location.

“My dad, my brothers and I think there is going to be a lot more growth and expansion in this area,” he said.

The estimated $ 6.1 million project is expected to be open by the end of 2022.

“My brothers and I are so excited because this is our chance to continue the legacy that my grandfather and father created. Do it there to support sustainability and local businesses there, ”Matsuyama said. “We look forward to providing good service to the community. “

Matsuyama said they plan to showcase the same products in their other stores, along with pizza, bentos and take-out items. The store will also showcase some of the products made at NELHA to showcase other businesses inside the park.

“Even with a lot of locals, we don’t realize what’s going on there. They are doing a lot of positive things, not only for the environment but also for sustainability, ”he said.

Matsuyama has partnered with Texaco for its gas pumps. NELHA executive director Greg Barbour said he was considering the project to advance the hydrogen refueling station installed in the energy lab.

“I think they want the Matsuyama center to be the first on the island. This is what we envision in this area, ”said Barbour.

Barbour said that while NELHA does not have commitments for other businesses along Kahilihili Street, it has a 2011 master plan for the 80-acre commercial area.

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