For supermarket operators in Hawaii, paradise is just a memory. “Hawaii is a tough place to do business,” Barry Taniguchi, president and chief executive officer of Hilo-based KTA Super Stores, told SN. “People think we live in paradise, but the cost of living is higher than on the mainland, we have to import a lot of product, and the supermarket business is very competitive.” With a full slate of conventional chains, discount stores, mass merchandisers and drug stores vying for the food ...

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