Dean & DeLuca to make Hawaii debut in Waikiki

Store set to open in late 2015 or early 2016

 UPDATED 5:49 AM HST Apr 25, 2013

Gourmet market Dean & DeLuca announced Wednesday it will launch in Hawaii in 2014.

The store will be located at 2100 Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki -- a mixed-use development that includes the Ritz-Carlton Residences.

The store will launch in partnership with PACREP LLC, the developer of The Residences, and is set to open in late 2015 or early 2016.

For future locations in Hawaii, Dean & DeLuca will be working with Avancer Group as its Hawaii Area Developer.  Avancer will open multiple locations including markets, cafes, and new formats throughout the islands over the next several years.

The debut in Hawaii will add to the brand's growing roster of markets and cafes, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Napa Valley, Charlotte and Kansas City in the U.S., and Japan, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, and Turkey internationally.

Today, Dean & DeLuca is owned and led by Napa Valley-based entrepreneur and vintner Leslie Rudd, who, along with other investors, purchased the brand in 1996.

Over the years, Rudd, while staying true to the founders' original vision, expanded the company to include multiple markets and cafes first in the U.S. and now with selected partners worldwide.

Dean & DeLuca Hawaii will be home to a highly curated selection of gourmet food products, including fine cheeses, charcuterie, pastry, baked goods, and more, as well as seasonally prepared foods.  The selection will also pay homage to the Hawaiian Islands' bountiful produce and regional, local cuisine.

Dean & DeLuca's signature line of coveted products, from spices to chocolates and candies to coffee and tea, vinegars, oils, sauces, snacks and more, will also be found in in the store, as well as online and via Dean & DeLuca's catalog.

"We are thrilled to launch Dean & DeLuca in Hawaii, and are incredibly excited about our first location at The Residences, as well as our future homes throughout the islands," said Geoffrey Upham, Managing Director International.  "We’re looking forward to being in the heart of this world-renowned community with its rich culture and food scene, and becoming a go-to destination for visitors and neighborhood shoppers."

"We are excited to work with Dean & DeLuca, one of the world’s most beloved and iconic food brands, to bring the very best artisanally made gourmet products to The Residences development,” said Jason Grosfeld, Authorized representative for PACREP LLC.  "We couldn’t imagine a better gourmet food experience for our visitors and guests."

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