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L & L; Hawaiian Barbeque Opens New Store in the South Bay

L & L; Hawaiian Barbeque has opened a new location at 3410 Palm Ave., making it Loll’s 17th restaurant in San Diego.

The restaurant sells a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch, which consists of two servings of rice, a serving of macaroni salad and a hot entr & #233;e such as pulled pork, chicken or beef for under $6.

The 32-year-old Honolulu-based chain first came to the mainland in 1999 and rebranded itself from L & L; Drive-Inn to L & L; Hawaiian Barbeque.

Founders Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores Jr. believed that since plated meals would be unfamiliar to mainlanders, the new name would indicate a Hawaiian tradition.

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Rudy Arucan has worked for the company for three years and opened the Otay Mesa store in February.

“We have been open for three weeks, and my cousin and I are planning to open up one more store in Carmel Mountain this spring,” said Arucan, who added he gathered the startup capital for his business through personal savings and family loans. His cousin opened the first San Diego L & L; location in National City six years ago.

Costs of opening a new franchise include an average of $350,000, depending on a store’s square-footage and location, and the company’s franchising fee is $35,000, said Arucan.

With more than 180 stores in Hawaii, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New York, the L & L; franchise is constantly growing, Arucan said, with the newest store opening this spring in Dallas, Texas.

More than 100 L & L; restaurants are now open in California.

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Remodeling and Expansion:

FedEx Kinko’s Inc. has remodeled its 20 San Diego stores and expanded its office product offerings from 200 to 2,500 items.

Jeff Heyman, vice president of retail for the Dallas-based office and copying center, said that customers wanted a one-stop shop.

“Small business customers look to us as their back office for business, and medium-sized businesses just don’t want to go elsewhere for products and services,” Heyman said.

The larger assortment of products include more mailing products, report covers and about 30 types of media memory cards from manufacturers including Avery Dennison Corp. and ACCO Brands Corp.

Stores have not expanded in square footage, though carpet and cabinetry facelifts were upgraded where necessary.

The public company does not release build out costs or sales figures, though Heyman said that customer loyalty has increased since renovations were completed in September.

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