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Walmart confirms downtown Honolulu store plan

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:31 p.m. HST, Apr 05, 2013

Walmart has acknowledged plans to open a store in the former Macy's store in downtown Honolulu.

The world's largest retailer said today that it will open an 80,000-square-foot store next year, after remodeling the two-story retail space on King Street between Fort Street Mall and Bethel Street.

"We're pleased to continue the retailing tradition at this prime business location in Honolulu's downtown urban core," Rey Armijo, Walmart's Hawaii market manager said in a written statement. "We also look forward to serving the downtown community's businesses, residents and tourists and helping save them money so they can live better."

Walmart purchased the building and its connected parking structure from an affiliate of Lexington Realty Trust.

The Star-Advertiser reported last week that Lexington had received a building permit recently for what appeared to be a Walmart store.

But Lexington and Walmart representatives declined to confirm or comment on the plan previously.

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allie wrote:
This is good news. It will create jobs and clean up the blighted Fort Street Mall area which is depressing and dangerous.
on April 5,2013 | 04:11PM
sparkyzane wrote:
With a Walmart? Kmart is in Iwalei and that didn't change anything.
on April 5,2013 | 04:21PM
localhaole wrote:
Between WalMart downtown and what's purported to be a Ross replacing Barnes & Noble in Kahala Mall, Hawaii's retail landscape is taking a turn for the worse.
on April 5,2013 | 04:26PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
When Wal-mart and Sam's Club went in on Keeamoku, the area was blighted. There were demonstrations in the streets with protesters complaining that the mom and pop stores would be run out due to an inability to compete. Today, the area is a bustling hub of busy commercial activity with dozens of new and old businesses. The same thing will happen in Chinatown and Downtown.
on April 5,2013 | 04:28PM
mmcmssawnuc wrote:
Doom and gloom. Maybe we could get a mom and pop sushi shop to take over. Lots of seating area.
on April 5,2013 | 05:34PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Wiki, Wiki(hurry up). The Chinatown police station is closed for repairs. We need to use the lua(Toilet) somewhere like Wal Mart Downtown area.
on April 5,2013 | 06:16PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Lots of Mom and Pop shop in that area will close down due to Wal.Mart's size.
on April 5,2013 | 06:17PM
Skyler wrote:
They'd better put pay locks on the toilets... Man, I'd hate to have to 'go' there.
on April 5,2013 | 06:19PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This is an excellent use of a very large retail space that would not attract many operators even if parceled out in smaller pieces. The folks working downtown will appreciate the convenience. WalMart has a lot of warts and is easy to criticize but it means 150 real jobs (low pay but at least they are permanent), good tax revenue, shopping convenience and a high probability of long term leasing.
on April 5,2013 | 06:58PM
roadsterred wrote:
You have to give Wal Mart credit for taking a chance and moving into that site. Downtown Honolulu folds its sidewalks after 5 pm when all of the workers leave their offices and go home. It'll be a welcome transformation if we find that the presence of Wal Mart brings a revitalization of night life to downtown Honolulu ala Waikiki.
on April 5,2013 | 07:34PM
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