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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Korea-based plush toy maker plans teddy bear store in Waikiki

Advertiser Staff

A Seoul, Korea-based plush toy maker and retailer plans to open a teddy bear store in Waikiki occupying the former home of Planet Hollywood Restaurant.

The 18,000-square-foot space on two stories in the Bank of Hawaii Waikiki Center at 2155 Kalakaua Ave. is expected to be converted to Teddy Bear World Hawaii by November.

The Korean company, JS & F, is known for creating elaborate exhibits of teddy bears depicting historical and current events, famous people and landmarks. Established in 1984, JS & F operates two teddy bear museums and an art gallery in Korea that have become popular visitor attractions. The firm also is involved in a luxury hotel and golf resort named Teddy Valley Golf & Resort in Korea.