Patagonia, which has started construction on its new building in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako on Ward Avenue, could be adding a restaurant to its retail mix at this new location.
A store official confirmed that the popular California-based outdoor apparel company is moving from its current space at the corner of Ward Avenue and Auahi Street that's in the same building complex as Wahoo's restaurant, Starbucks and Jamba Juice to its own building further down Ward Avenue near Kapiolani Boulevard.
A move won't happen until at least for another year. Construction fences have already gone up and building permits have been filed for the renovation of the longstanding building at 535 Ward Ave. that was once occupied by a few businesses including The Light Bulb Source. A restaurant/cafe could be added to this newer, much bigger store. About five years ago, Patagonia dove into the sustainable food business by adding such items as jerky to its stores.
The company, which prides itself on using organic cotton for its clothing items, has two locations in Hawaii, one on Ward Avenue and another in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore.
In 2015, its affiliate purchased the 22,867-square-foot Universal Building that's on a 23,366-square-foot lot for $8.5 million.
In late March, Patagonia filed a building permit that involves an interior demolition of the building.