Construction Begins On The Revitalization Of International Market Place In
Project will create thousands of new jobs and revenues to support The Queen's
Medical Center work
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., March 3, 2014
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Taubman Centers, Inc.
(NYSE: TCO), CoastWood Capital Group, LLC and Queen Emma Land Company, today
announced the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new International Market
Place. Scheduled to open in spring 2016, the 360,000 square-foot shopping
center will feature open-air retail, dining and entertainment located in the
heart of Waikiki.
The new International Market Place ceremonial groundbreaking took place today
in Waikiki, Hawaii. Participants included: Taubman Centers' William Taubman,
Steve Kieras and Nicolai Schultz; Cordell Lietz from CoastWood Capital Group;
Rick Tsujimura, Eric Martinson and Les Goya from Queen Emma Land; Rick Egged
from the Waikiki Improvement District and Mike McCartney from the Hawaii
International Market Place will include approximately 75 retailers, seven
restaurants, and the island's first full-line Saks Fifth Avenue. Designed to
subtly celebrate the rich history of the site, it will offer a Hawaiian sense
of place that honors Queen Emma's legacy while adding vitality and appeal to
Waikiki for tourists and residents alike.
"The revitalized International Market Place will truly complement the Waikiki
shopping experience," said Taubman Chief Operating Officer William Taubman.
"We will feature many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in
Waikiki, thus creating a dynamic retail and dining destination."
As one of the most valuable land assets of Queen Emma Land Company, the
redeveloped International Market Place will directly support The Queen's
Medical Center, the state's largest private, nonprofit hospital and its
mission of providing quality healthcare to all of Hawaii's people. "The new
International Market Place will become a new and sustainable income source for
The Queen's Medical Center, helping us provide much-needed quality health care
and access to specialized medical services," said Eric Martinson, president of
Queen Emma Land Company. "The groundbreaking ceremony marks a milestone for us
as we continue to honor the legacy of Queen Emma."
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell expressed
support for the project, citing how it will further grow Waikiki's reputation
as a top tourist destination for people from around the world in addition to
creating approximately 1,000 construction jobs and approximately 2,500
"This groundbreaking is the culmination of a great collaboration between
Taubman, CoastWood, Queen Emma Land Company and the local community," said
Cordell Lietz, president of CoastWood Capital Group. "We want to thank
everyone involved as we now move forward into the construction phase of this
At the conclusion of the groundbreaking ceremony, William Taubman presented a
$10,000 check on behalf of the new International Market Place to the Hawaii
Foodbank, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding Hawaii's hungry.
Serving the people of Hawaii for nearly
30 years, the Foodbank forms a vital link between food donors and member
agencies by collecting, sorting, salvaging and distributing food. Last year
the Foodbank distributed over 12.8 million pounds of food, including nearly 4
million pounds of fresh produce to help feed 183,500 different people in need
For additional information on the International Market Place redevelopment
please visit www.ShopInternationalMarketPlace.com.
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in
the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and
outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman's U.S.-owned properties
are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry.
Taubman is currently developing The Mall at University Town Center in
Sarasota, Fla.; The Mall of San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico; International
Market Place in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii and shopping malls in Xi'an and
Zhengzhou, China and Hanam, South Korea. Taubman Centers is headquartered in
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.and Taubman Asia, the platform for Taubman Centers'
expansion into China and South Korea, is headquartered in Hong Kong. Founded
in 1950, Taubman has more than 60 years of experience in the shopping center
industry. For more information about Taubman, visit www.taubman.com.
ABOUT COASTWOOD CAPITAL GROUP, LLC
CoastWood Capital Group, LLC is a specialized real estate investment firm
based in San Francisco.Founded by Cordell Lietz in 2003, the company
acquires, manages and develops real estate in the United States with an
emphasis on retail and other property types with unique operational
characteristics. CoastWood has been actively investing in Hawaii for over a
decade and holds interests in several properties throughout Hawaii including
Waikiki Trade Center, Kings' Shops and Queens' Marketplace.
ABOUT QUEEN EMMA LAND COMPANY
Queen Emma Land Company is a local nonprofit organization established to
support and advance health care in Hawaii, primarily through The Queen's
Medical Center and its affiliates. QEL accomplishes this by managing and
enhancing the income-generating potential of the lands left to The Queen's
Hospital by Queen Emma in 1885, and additional properties owned by The Queen's
ABOUT THE QUEEN'S MEDICAL CENTER
The Queen's Medical Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, acute care
medical facility accredited by The Joint Commission. The facility houses 505
acute beds and 28 sub-acute beds and is widely known for its programs in
cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, orthopaedics, surgery, emergency
medicine and trauma, organ transplants and behavioral medicine. Queen's is
home to a number of residency programs offered in conjunction with the John A.
Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Queen's has achieved
Magnet® status – the highest institutional honor for hospital excellence –
from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet recognition is held by
six percent of hospitals in the United States. Queen's is the first hospital
in Hawaii to achieve Magnet status.
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