By Elima Pangorang
The Cookie Corner is Hawaii’s sweet gem churning out hundreds of fresh-baked cookies each day at its 14 Oahu locations. Senses are drawn to the charming shop as the warm chocolaty chip aromas (and more) turn passersby into welcomed customers.
Founders Jim McArthur and Angus McKibbin brought the company to life in Downtown Honolulu in 1982 as way for the pair to make a little “extra dough,” they explained. Over the course of 30 years the little extra cash turned into serious success as The Cookie Corner would grow and flourish islandwide. Today, the company has locations in Ala Moana Shopping Center, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Bishop Square, Kahala Mall, Kaimuki Shopping Center, Kapolei Shopping Center, two Pearlridge Center stores, Pioneer Plaza, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Topa Financial Center, Town Center of Mililani and Windward Mall.
Cookie Corner’s offerings are as mouthwateringly delectable as they are diverse, with individual soft and chewy Original Size Chocolate Chip cookies, and the famous clear and red cups containing crunchy bitesize morsels. Additionally, company favorites include the chocolate-dipped Macadamia Nut Shortbread cookies and Lilikoi Bars.
Whatever the craving may be, Cookie Corner satisfies customers’ sweet tooth all around. On top of treating guests with top-notch service and flavors, the company is sure to keep things sweet for workers as well.
Employee morale is high and positive as the company is sure to provide a clean and safe work environment for everyone, and a job well done is always acknowledged and appreciated.
“We believe that our employees are our greatest asset and we are committed to assuring that our employees are happy,” McArthur said. “We believe in developing potential that is in all of our employees and providing the opportunity to grow. Ninety percent of our managers have been promoted from within.”
The bakery is all about forward progression as a company and a team, which is why Cookie Corner ensures proper training for employees and is open to hiring candidates with no prior experience, sharing that its training program is one of the best in the industry.
Furthermore, the business’ benefits are extensive and enjoyable. On top of medical insurance, other benefits include flexible hours, opportunities for advancement annual holiday bonus, free treats at work and employee discounts, just to name a few.
Cookie Corner is a company where the management team cares about its staff members, and because of that, employees are driven to do their best work.
“Cookie Corner is committed to creating high-quality products and providing excellent customer service to all of our valued customers. It is the No. 1 responsibility of every one of our team members to provide the greatest service in the world to our valued customers,” mentioned Cookie Corner’s HR department. “That’s what we are all about. Working together to meet the needs and desires of our customers.”
Overall, if you love the smell and taste of mesmerizing sweets, and enjoy seeing others happily indulge in them as well, there is a spot on the team of “cookie experts.” In addition, hard work, dedication and a passion for helping customers are also desired traits for working at Cookie Corner.
“We’re a local company founded by two local guys. We don’t wear fancy uniforms or have a lot of rigid rules. We use common sense and a diversity of individual personalities to accomplish what needs to be done,” McArthur said.
To learn more, visit The Cookie Corner’s website or call any of its 14 locations. Even better, stop into a shop for an in-person experience and while you’re there, pick up a cookie — or two!
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COMPANY: The Cookie Corner
LOCATION: Ala Moana Shopping Center (ground floor near Center Stage) 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (plus 13 other shops islandwide)
FOUNDERS/OWNERS: Jim McArthur and Angus McKibbin
BENEFITS: Flexible hours, competitive pay scale, comprehensive medical insurance, two weeks vacation annually, disability insurance, workman’s compensation, referral rewards programs, recognition and awards programs, cash bonus sales contests, opportunities for advancement, annual holiday bonus, free treats while at work, employee discounts
PHOTOS COURTESY THE COOKIE CORNER