The Costco gas station near the Kahului Airport will be open for business today at 8 a.m., following a blessing.
The new station on 4 acres in Alexander & Baldwin's Maui Business Park Phase II will be selling unleaded regular and premium gasoline to members, said Jaime Havron, operations manager for Maui Costco.
He said Wednesday afternoon that he has not been told what the prices will be but that they will be unveiled at the opening, which will be preceded by a blessing at 7:30 a.m.
Costco is known for selling gas to members at lower prices. A check of gas prices on Oahu on Thursday afternoon showed that Costco stations in Waipio, Iwilei and Kapolei were selling regular unleaded at $3.94 a gallon, compared to the average price of $4.13 a gallon for Oahu, according to honolulu gasprices.com.
Maui gas prices are generally higher than Oahu's.
"We are going to show great value to members," said Havron.
The entrance to the new station will be on the Paia side of the current Haleakala Highway entrance to the store. There will be a long driveway "to accommodate Costco volume," he said.
There will be five islands and 10 pumps with 20 handles, meaning that 20 vehicles will be accommodated at a time. The station will be self-serve, though there will be greeters and staff to assist, Havron said.
The station's regular hours will be 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
After the blessing today, the station will be open until 9:30 p.m.
The first person to fill up will be a 93-year-old Maui Costco customer, followed by Mayor Alan Arakawa, a news release from the mayor's office said. To help support the Maui Food Bank, Arakawa will be filling up one of its delivery vans.
Work on the gas station began in mid-April and was completed in about three months, said Havron.
Construction continues on the main Costco building, he said. The project involves increasing the building size to accommodate new businesses, including a deli and a hearing aid department; larger refrigeration units and more floor space. The food court will be moved outside under a covered roof to the side of the store facing the new Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport, he said.
The renovation and expansion, which is expected to be completed in November, was needed to upgrade the store built in 1995.
"We are going to be up to par to our sister locations" across the state, Havron said.
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