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Ala Moana store The Slipper House will close next month

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:48 a.m. HST, Apr 11, 2013

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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honokai wrote:
That was a different time. We will never see those days again.
on April 10,2013 | 07:24PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Imagine another store taking over, and advertising, they sell "flip-flops".
on April 11,2013 | 06:00AM
8082062424 wrote:
wow sad we loosing a great store
on April 10,2013 | 07:57PM
control wrote:
Why am I not surprised. They aren't high end enough for the current mall mgmt suffer from mercenary economics mentality aka greed. How many other local shops will be downsized and then forced out too? Shame on GNP.
on April 10,2013 | 08:21PM
They are direct and clear - no local companies wanted. Same in Waikiki -
on April 10,2013 | 09:20PM
mdok wrote:
Ala Moana is losing it's appeal to me. So many local stores going away. The character of the mall is changing for the worse. I shop at the high end stores but it's really nice to have the local ones to shop in the same mall. I wish someone would arrange a boycott Ala Moana Day to send a message to General Growth - you need local support too.
on April 10,2013 | 09:57PM
808warriorfan wrote:
AMEN TO THAT.....One reason I don't shop at The Ala Moana Shopping Center any more.....local people don't feel at home or welcome.
on April 10,2013 | 10:16PM
Alex57 wrote:
Another reason to no longer shop at Ala Moana. General Growth Properties doesn't want locals, all they want are well off tourists.
on April 10,2013 | 11:19PM
onlyaloha wrote:
Money talks, evolve or face extinction. With that said, please support local businesses. We don't have to be brainwashed by marketing.
on April 11,2013 | 01:35AM
Smiley7 wrote:
Mr. Glenn Uejio, a class act. Not too many in this day and age. In fact how many employers feel that their employees come first?
on April 11,2013 | 04:21AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
so many negative comments about ala moana center. so why is the choo choo train going there? if and when the rail is completed, the demographics would have changed and nobody will want to catch a train to the mall.
on April 11,2013 | 05:03AM
jess wrote:
Let's see if Mufi's choo choo is ever finished...
on April 11,2013 | 07:34AM
BigBoyChan wrote:
Gentrification (Look it up) -- So sad. Been going here since I was a little boy. Now my teenage daughter visit the Slipper House. Always really good people working there. So sad.
on April 11,2013 | 05:07AM
suhimika3126 wrote:
So sorry to hear about the closing of Slipper House. Glenn Uejio, you are a class act!!
on April 11,2013 | 05:38AM
jess wrote:
I am so sad. Between the upscaling of Ala Moana and the fierceness of Amazon & Zappos I am unfortunately not surprised. I wish they would consider reopening in Windward or Kahala Mall.
on April 11,2013 | 07:34AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Another one bites the dust! Pretty soon, there will be parking arms at all the entrances because parking will no longer be free! Then, once at Ala Moana, every single store will have those people dressed in suits and dresses at the entrance to the store to "greet" you. The most we will be able to buy is a keychain for $100, or maybe a handkerchief. I guess we'll all be in Walmart, K-Mart or Ross.
on April 11,2013 | 07:54AM
F8TH wrote:
While I understand what Mr. Uejio means when he says his employees comes first, the fact is, with no customers, there would be no employees. Customers always comes first and good, well trained, and happy employees will take good care of the customers. Satisfied and happy customers will returen to shop at that store again and again and the more customers you have doing that, the better the chances of your business becoming successful. In that process though, it is vitally important for business owners to realize and remember who gives the great customer service; his employees.
on April 11,2013 | 08:03AM
krusha wrote:
Yep, treat your customers right, and the number of customers will multiply exponentially. Just treat one bad, and they'll tell all their friends and family not to shop there, and the word spreads quickly. I can't stand businesses that treat their customers like crap, but in the end most of all of them go out of business because of their own lack of customer service.
on April 11,2013 | 08:23AM
Sunny wrote:
I commend Slipper House and Glenn Uejio for hanging on for so many years and taking care of their employees. I don't shop at Ala Moana most of the stores don't carry anything I'm interested in.
on April 11,2013 | 08:19AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ala Moana is developing a very poor reputation with locals. They probably do not care since the visitor money keeps flowing in big time. Still, were I associated with this mall I would think twice about my relationship with Hawaii residents.
on April 11,2013 | 08:47AM
entrkn wrote:
Shame on the Ala Moana Center for kicking out one of the best stores in the shopping center.
on April 11,2013 | 09:15AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Ala Moana is no longer a center of shopping for locals. Hasn't been for some time. It is strictly for the tourist now. How sad.
on April 11,2013 | 10:22AM
konag43 wrote:
i never shop at ala moana. too many high end stores that the local people can't aford the prices. i want to buy local not not goochi. have no use for a goochi purse or shoes. way over priced. i call it stealing.
on April 11,2013 | 04:39PM
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