Plans to implement parking fees at The Shops at Wailea have been temporarily stalled. The initial plan was to begin charging customers and employees to park beginning May 1. But a rash of public and employee petitions have apparently caused the plans to be–at least–paused.
According to this Hawaii Real Estate Blog post, employees were expected to pay $1.50 per exit; a full-time employee working five days a week would spend a minimum of $30 per month. A store clerk at The Shops told MauiTime that they are continuing to gather signatures from those opposed to paid parking.
“I don’t want to pay money in order to make money,” the clerk, who identified herself only as Amy, told us.
The real estate blog said tenants will have to pay an estimated fee, from $.50–$1, to validate cards for customers; store tenants do not have to participate in the validation program. But for those who do, a minimum purchase may be required; and the minimum purchase may vary per store.
Published reports say the parking cost to the public will be either $3 per half hour, or $6 per half hour; $42 for all day.
Amy said there is a bigger picture involved in the planned paid parking situation. “They are trying to sell the whole center,” she said. “If they can increase revenue, the bottom line will look more appealing to potential buyers.”
Posts for automated kiosks have been installed but the parking plan has not yet been implemented. Calls to the Shops’ management office have not been returned.
Photo of future Shops at Wailea parking kiosk: Mauitime