About us

Aloha! And welcome to ABC Stores!

ABC Stores is a locally-owned business that has been in existence for over 50 years!  ABC Stores is local favorite for anyone’s shopping convenience.  Today, we have 75+ stores located in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Guam and Saipan.  Our ventures would include Island Gourmet Markets, Island Country Markets, Honolua Store, and most recently Dukes Lane Market & Eatery to include the Basalt restaurant in the heart of Waikiki!

Owned by Sidney and Minnie Kosasa, ABC Stores had its genesis in the 30's. Sidney grew up working in his parents' grocery store in Honolulu and earned a pharmacist's degree at the University of California at Berkeley in 1942. In 1949 the Kosasas opened their own drug store, and a chain of drug stores followed shortly.  On a trip to Miami Beach, Sidney watched visitors shopping at local convenience stores instead of high-priced hotel shops. He envisioned that Waikiki would someday be crowded with visitors, just like Miami Beach.  The ABC Stores concept was born:  stores conveniently located for visitors with merchandise sold at fair prices.

Drawing upon his experience in drug and grocery, Sidney opened the first ABC Store on Waikiki Beach in 1964.  It was stocked with grocery, souvenirs, drugs and cosmetics and anything else a visitor would need.  He decided to stay away from a fancy moniker and settled on ABC Stores as a simple name that everyone could remember. 

ABC Stores is proud to offer you excellent service by our loyal employees, and provide you with an enjoyable shopping experience with the spirit of Aloha!