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Popular Japanese crepes shop expanding to Waikiki

Marion Crepes - Retail in asia

Marion Crepes, a popular artisan Japanese crepes shop that opened its first Hawaii location as part of the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, is expanding to Waikiki.

Marion Crepes, which started out in 1976 as one of the only shops of its kind in Harajuku, has gained quite a following in Hawaii, with a consistent line of customers that spans to the entrance of Shirokiya.

The company, which has more than 80 locations, recently formed Marion Crepes WSP LLC as a new business in the state, according to state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs records.

The WSP part of its name likely stands for Waikiki Shopping Plaza on Kalakaua Avenue, which is getting a similar Japanese food destination as Shirokiya.Waikiki Yokocho, which will open in the former Love Culture space, also has multiple vendors.

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A 23,000-square-foot high-end Japanese food destination owned by PJ Partners of Japan, Waikiki Yokocho will feature 17 individual restaurant, dessert and retail concepts. It will include Nomu, a Japanese whiskey bar, a yakiniku restaurant, Bario Ramen, Baikouken, Kangeki Tanuki, Hannosuke Hawaii and Nana Musubi-Onigiri, among other establishments.

PJ Partners and Honolulu-based Real Select International, headed by Frank Clark, have partnered for this Japanese food destination. PJ Partners is also developing the Italian restaurants coming to Velocity, the retail space opening on the lower level of the Symphony Honolulu condominium building.