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[R.I.P.] Sidney Kosasa (11/17/06) Founder of Hawaii's ABC Stores

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  • madchinaman
    Sidney Kosasa, 86; founder of Hawaii s ubiquitous ABC Stores From Times Staff and Wire Reports http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 13, 2006
      Sidney Kosasa, 86; founder of Hawaii's ubiquitous ABC Stores
      From Times Staff and Wire Reports
      http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-
      passings25.1nov25,1,1782215.story?coll=la-headlines-
      california&ctrack=1&cset=true


      Sidney Kosasa, 86, the founder of the ABC Stores chain of convenience
      stores catering to tourists in Hawaii, died Nov. 17, the company
      said. Kosasa died in his sleep, but the cause of death was not
      reported.

      Kosasa opened his first ABC store in 1964. The chain has since
      expanded it to 55 outlets in Hawaii, eight in Guam, two in Saipan and
      six in Las Vegas.

      He was born in December 1919 in Palolo Valley on Oahu and attended UC
      Berkeley, where he earned a pharmacist's degree.

      During World War II, he was sent to Tule Lake internment camp in
      Northern California. There he met and married his wife, Minnie.

      After leaving the camp, he returned to Hawaii with his wife and
      worked in a drugstore. He eventually opened his own drugstore and
      within 10 years expanded the store to four locations.

      While attending a convention in Miami Beach, he noticed all the
      tourists near the large hotels and came up with the idea for ABC
      Stores, as he predicted Waikiki would someday be as busy as the
      Florida beach.

      ABC Stores now has locations all over Waikiki, serving as a spot for
      tourists to buy beach gear, food, souvenirs and local apparel.
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