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Ten New Commercial Tenants Announced at Ko'ula

Ward Village has announced that 10 exciting businesses will be opening in Ko'ula starting in late 2023 through 2024! Planned businesses include Nori Bar sushi restaurant; Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa; upscale international grocery Dean & DeLuca; Happy Lemon tea and smoothie shop; Onkee yakiniku steakhouse; Black Sheep Cream Company ice cream shop; StretchLab assisted stretching studio; Body Fit Training group fitness studio; Tonkatsu Kuro Japanese restaurant; and Westman Café and Lounge, which is known for its unique brunch menu.

Completed in 2022, Ko'ula includes over 58,000 square feet in commercial space. Additionally, the tower connects seamlessly to Victoria Ward Park, Ward Village's primary green space and a well-used community amenity. The planned businesses will complement the park by creating a harmonious experience from the outdoor green open space to the beautiful indoors of these exciting retail offerings. These tenants will enhance the overall experience of the Ward Village neighborhood and foster a vibrant community.

Read more from Pacific Business News, below:

Ward Village will open 10 new businesses beginning this fall in Koula, the community's newest mixed-use residential building, located adjacent to Victoria Ward Park.

“Ward Village has become one of the best places to find a vibrant mix of restaurants, retailers and experiences,” said Taylor Herring, general manager of Ward Village, in a written statement. “We look forward to introducing brands new to the Islands and original concepts from local businesses to our community.”

Ward Village is a 60-acre master planned community by Howard Hughes Holdings Inc, located between Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. When complete, it will have thousands of homes and about 1 million square feet of retail. Currently, Ward Village consists of six, mixed-use residential towers, which include Waiea, Anaha, Aeo, Ke Kilohana, Aalii and Koula.

“Ko'ula at Ward Village offers the community parkside shopping and dining not found in many Hawaii neighborhoods,” said Emalia Pietsch, senior vice president at Colliers International, in a written statement. “The combination of residences, retail, dining, and open spaces embody the best of mixed-use projects and planning that match local lifestyles. These new businesses will be a great complement to the current vibrant retail scape at Ward Village.”

Here is a look at each of the new tenants: Fall 2023:

  • Nori Bar: The 923-square-foot sushi restaurant, designed by Wander X Wonder, will serve locally sourced fish and offer lunch and dinner for dine-in or take-out.

Spring 2024:

  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa: This 1,886-square-foot spa, designed by Lowney Architecture, offers Swedish and deep tissue massages, facials and peels. There are more than 500 spas in the chain across the United States and Canada, generating $1.3 million in average annual gross sales, according to the company's website.

Summer 2024:

  • Dean & Deluca: This 1,870-square-foot market, designed by Wander X Wonder, will offer freshly baked goods, soups, salads, pastas, meats and sandwiches, along with pau hana cocktails and artisan coffee. Dean & Deluca is an international brand with locations in more than 14 countries, including Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, China, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.

  • Happy Lemon: This 984-square-foot bubble tea shop, designed by DKKY Architecture Studio, will offer freshly brewed tea and fruit smoothes along with ube and milk tea soft serve with bubble waffles.

  • Onkee: The 5,097-square-foot high-end yakiniku steakhouse, designed by BKF & Associates, LLC, is opening its first location in the state. It serves meat and seafood, as well as traditional Korean cuisine.

Fall 2024:

  • Black Sheep Cream Company: The 608-square-foot ice cream shop, designed by Next Design, sells flavors that rotate monthly. The store also offers floats, affogato and pints.

  • StretchLab: This franchise from parent company Xponential Fitness offers assisted stretching to reduce pain and increase flexibility. This 1,706-square-foot studio, designed by PSA Architects, will be the first of several StretchLab storefronts in Hawaii, according to representatives of Ward Village. The company currently has locations in the United States, Australia and Japan, with others planned for Mexico and Kuwait, according to its website.

  • Body Fit Training: Operated by the same parent company as StretchLab, Body Fit Training offers high-energy group strength training classes. This 2,997-square-foot space, designed by PSA Architects, will be Body Fit Training's first location in Hawaii.

  • Tonkatsu Kuro: This 1,919-square-foot restaurant, designed by ASK Architects LLC, will serve Japanese tonkatsu or breaded deep-fried pork cutlets, as well as cold and hot noodles.

Winter 2024:

  • Westman Café and Lounge: This 1,779-square-foot restaurant, designed by WRNS Studio, will serve brunch, cocktails and dinner. The menu will include items such as oxtail soup, avocado toast and wagyu loco moco. This will be the restaurant's second location in Hawaii. Its other location is located at 280 Beach Walk, Suite 106, in Waikiki.

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