UPDATE:We now have confirmation by grading permits issued this month that mall construction has begun!
More details on Eclipse’s Kihei Outlet Mall
| Some quotes from the brochure:
“With more than three quarters of a mile of frontage along
one of Maui’s busiest highways, the site sees roughly 38,000
cars per day. This figure is expected to double . . . “
“the addition of right turn lanes along Piilani Highway and
the installation of two signalized intersections added along
Kaonoulu Street, will truly make the Maui Outlets’ site ‘Main and Main.’ ”
“Poised to become the dominant retail destination for the island,
Maui Outlets will serve the region’s dense tourist market of nearly
three million annually whose expenditures exceed $3 billion.”
Does the sudden apperance of this construction equipment across from Kaonoulu at the Pi’ilani Highway indicate the initial step of what has become know as the Giganta Mall mauka of our highway? The principals from Eclipse Development Group http://eclipsedevelopmentgroup.com/ of Irvine California were quoted in the Maui News stating they did not discuss their 68 acre development, with a projected opening in 2014, with the Kihei community, but were sure they would like it. Extending more the 3/4 of a mile along the highway, the 700,000 square foot commercial project with two “anchor” big box stores, would be the largest mall in the State.