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Hawaii’s Aloha Salads expanding with two more stores

July 19, 2013
By Jenna Blakely

Aloha Salads opened its first store in Kailua, next to Elvin's Bakery & Cafe, at the Kailua Shopping Center. The company plans to open two new stores this year, at Pearlridge Center and in Mililani.

Aloha Salads opened its first store in Kailua, next to Elvin’s Bakery & Cafe, at the Kailua Shopping Center. The company plans to open two new stores this year, at Pearlridge Center and in Mililani.

Aloha Salads owners Sara and Chris Lufrano are planning to open two more locations on Oahu by the end of the year, boosting their presence on Oahu from four to six locations.

Next month, the husband and wife team will open an 850 square-foot store at Pearlridge Center, followed by a location in the Gateway at Mililani Mauka Shopping Center — though they are waiting to sign a lease on the latter.

The former lawyers turned entrepreneurs will need to hire 40 more employees to staff the new Aloha Salads stores, which will increase their team to 120 employees. That’s pretty fast growth for a seven-year-old business, and Sara Lufrano said it caught on fast.

“My husband and I originally opened in Kailua; it was the only place that would let us get a retail space,” she said of her 400-square-foot spot in the Kailua Shopping Center. “We were busy from the beginning, and so we slowly opened more stores.”

They also have a location in downtown Honolulu on Bishop Street, and one in Kahala Mall next to Starbucks, as well as one in Kapolei Commons Shopping Center next to Target.

They will expand their Kailua location as well — along with Lanikai Juice — who will each take half of the neighboring Subway store between the two retailers. Read PBN’s coverage of that here.