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Ala Moana store The Slipper House will close next month

  • BSN SLIPPER HOUSE - 10 APRIL 2013- The Slipper House, an original tenant at the Ala Moana Center, maybe closing it's doors. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

    BSN SLIPPER HOUSE - 10 APRIL 2013- The Slipper House, an original tenant at the Ala Moana Center, maybe closing it's doors. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell
  • BSN SLIPPER HOUSE - 10 APRIL 2013- The Slipper House, an original tenant at the Ala Moana Center, maybe closing it's doors. Pictured is the store's Alma Mater written on the wall of the store. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

    BSN SLIPPER HOUSE - 10 APRIL 2013- The Slipper House, an original tenant at the Ala Moana Center, maybe closing it's doors. Pictured is the store's Alma Mater written on the wall of the store. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell
  • BSN SLIPPER HOUSE - 10 APRIL 2013- The Slipper House, an original tenant at the Ala Moana Center, maybe closing it's doors. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

    BSN SLIPPER HOUSE - 10 APRIL 2013- The Slipper House, an original tenant at the Ala Moana Center, maybe closing it's doors. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

The Slipper House, an original tenant at Ala Moana Center, will close at the end of May. Store owner Glenn Uejio has been trying to find jobs for his 19 employees.

The Slipper House was founded May 2, 1952, in a 10-by-10-foot bedroom on Young Street that Glenn Uejio’s father, Kiyoto, rented for $50 a month.

Kiyoto Uejio opened and closed Slipper Houses on Hotel Street and Fort Street, and in 1959 became one of Ala Moana Center’s first customers. "The business books say the customer comes first," Uejio said in a 2002 interview. "No. The employees come first."

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