New gas station is Aloha’s first in Kahului, Maui.
Honolulu-based Aloha Petroleum is building a new gas station and 2,000-square-foot c-store in Kahului, Maui—its first on the island—at a time when other local stations are struggling amid high gas prices, the Maui News reported.
“I don’t think any service station on Maui is growing,” Terry McBarnet, vice president of Maui Oil Co. told the Maui News. “They’re either hanging where they are or fighting not to go smaller. Having another station come into town is going to put more pressure on everybody,” he said.
Aloha Petroleum’s new gas station is being constructed on a little more than a half-acre owned by Home Depot, and is scheduled to open as early as the end of June.
While the new location would be Aloha Petroleum’s first on Maui, it operates 43 stations on Oahu and 11 on the Big Island.
Aloha Petroleum now has the infrastructure to deliver fuel to its station after buying the Hawaii retail and terminal assets of Shell Oil Products and Honolulu Terminal LLC in May.
Richard Parry, Aloha Petroleum’s president and CEO, told the Maui News that the company would like to expand in the market on Maui, and has invested more than $2 million to establish a toehold in Maui, where it aims to establish a loyal customer base. “We try to offer competitive prices and a quality buying experience,” he said. “We really do cater to local customers and have that local name recognition.”