The opening of the highly anticipated DonDon Donki discount has already been delayed several times due to slow permitting and other factors.
Japanese retail giant Don Quijote is planning to build its first Don Don Donki store in Guam in a location right near Airport Road and Marine Corps Drive.
But according to Killy Kunimoto, president of Kunimoto Architects, the permitting process for the project has been quite slow.
The project team just got its clearing permit weeks ago after filing an application in May this year. Kunimoto, who is the project architect for Don Don Donki, said the process has already been delayed twice.
“It is not just the government agency. They are trying the best that they can but sometimes… You know that we have a military buildup and they have priority over outside the fence project like ours. Of course, we appeal to the government — that this is important for the economy of the island, for employment of local people,” Kunimoto said.
Kunimoto says the company is planning to hire at least 200 full-time and part-time personnel for the Guam store. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Feb. 10 and construction should take about a year and a half.