Just another chain of convenience stores? Not really.
Like most convenience store chains ABC Stores has multiple
outlets; seventy-nine stores that span the Pacific from Hawaii, Las Vegas,
Nevada to Guam and Saipan.
Owned by Sidney and Minnie Kosasa (Mr. and Mrs. K), ABC
Stores had its genesis in the 30's. Sidney grew up working in
his parent's grocery store in Honolulu and earned a
pharmacist's degree at the University of California at Berkeley
In 1949, the Kosasas opened their own drug store, and a
chain of drug stores followed shortly. On a trip to Miami
Beach Mr. K watched the visitors shopping local convenience
stores instead of high priced hotel shops. He envisioned
that Waikiki would someday be packed with visitors, like
Miami Beach, and the ABC concept was born: stores
located for visitors with merchandise sold at fair