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Legendary New York City retailer coming to Ala Moana Center

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 11:59 a.m. HST, May 17, 2013

Famed New York retailer Bloomingdale’s will enter the Hawaii market in the fall of 2015 with a three-level, 167,000 square-foot store at Ala Moana Center.

Hawaii’s first so-called “Bloomie’s” is part of a redevelopment of the center by General Growth Properties. Bloomingdale’s parent company is Macy’s Inc., whose eponymous store replaced long time isle retailer Liberty House at the center years ago.

As with its other stores, the Ala Moana Bloomingdale’s will carry a wide range of designer and luxury goods including women’s apparel, shoes, accessories and beauty items as well as clothing and shoes for men and children, and a line of home goods.

The store is expected to employ 250 people. Bloomingdale's will occupy part of the 650,000 square feet of retail space that will result when the Sears building is closed and demolished for redevelopment. Sears was a charter tenant at Ala Moana, opening when the center did in 1959.


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kuhioprince wrote:
Will this occupy the old Sears space?
on May 17,2013 | 06:36AM
islandmom wrote:
Not sure how many locals were really dying for Bloomingdale's, but I think that a lot of us are already missing Sears, which will close at Ala Moana next month!
on May 17,2013 | 06:48AM
thevisitor967 wrote:
I'd rather have Bloomingdale's than Sear's.
on May 17,2013 | 08:35AM
Sunny wrote:
I won't shop at Bloomingdale's, once Sears leaves I have no interest in going to Ala Moana. I didn't go to Ala Moana at all last year and didn't miss it!
on May 17,2013 | 11:23AM
Fred01 wrote:
You should go shop at Ross.
on May 17,2013 | 04:30PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Ross stock(ROST). I love crowded stores.
on May 18,2013 | 08:38AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Life is not going to stop for you. What rock did you hide under? You must have joined the de-occupy movement on Ward St.?
on May 18,2013 | 08:37AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Actually, Bloomingdale's parent company is Federated, Inc., who also owns Macy's.
on May 17,2013 | 06:54AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Actually, Federated changed its name to Macy's Inc. back in 2007. Federated no longer exists. Macy's Inc. does own and operate Bloomingdale's. So now they will dominate BOTH ends of the mall.
on May 17,2013 | 07:59AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Buy Macy's(M) stock.
on May 17,2013 | 08:40AM
krusha wrote:
Macys, Nordstom, Nieman Marcus, Bloomingdales, they all sell the same stuff. Total waste of space...
on May 17,2013 | 06:54AM
tiki886 wrote:
Isn't choice a wonderful thing? You can also choose to shop at Goodwill and The Salvation Army if you prefer as I do once in a while.
on May 17,2013 | 07:03AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Make sure that you are paying for it and not taking from the donation drop off box.
on May 17,2013 | 08:41AM
allie wrote:
on May 17,2013 | 07:29AM
thevisitor967 wrote:
Why doesn't IKEA come to Hawaii? Or Crate & Barrel? Or Trader Joe's?
on May 17,2013 | 08:36AM
mikethenovice wrote:
You can start the movement.
on May 17,2013 | 08:46AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Talking to some of the Trader Joe's workers in Vegas and they all said Trader Joe's coming in 2014.
on May 17,2013 | 11:15AM
4watitsworth wrote:
For real??? That's great news! I just hope it will be located in town.
on May 17,2013 | 12:30PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Because Hawaii is the AINOKEA state.
on May 17,2013 | 02:56PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Can't please everyone. But the money it brings in all pays the same.
on May 17,2013 | 08:47AM
4watitsworth wrote:
I thought they were going to create smaller stores so they could collect more rent. Another high end store where most locals won't shop. This confirms that AMC is concentrating on the tourist dollars instead of locals. So sad.
on May 17,2013 | 07:24AM
allie wrote:
Ala moana does not want to sloppy look that locals give the center. They want rich Asians only. And yes, we get the message
on May 17,2013 | 07:30AM
serious wrote:
Let's all be happy that MarMart is right around the corner. They have great prices, same stuff as the rich guys!!!
on May 17,2013 | 08:03AM
allie wrote:
on May 17,2013 | 08:23AM
turbolink wrote:
Another day, another compensated, ethnically-charged comment from Allie.
on May 17,2013 | 11:11AM
4watitsworth wrote:
Beware if you purchase gifts from Walmart and include a gift receipt. I purchased a baby gift and found something so I returned the item with the gift receipt since I had taped it to the gift. When the cashier told me what the refund would be, I questioned her because I had paid more for the item. She said the refund is based on the current price and not what I paid for the item! I went home to get the receipt so I would get back what I paid for. Whoever heard of such a policy!
on May 17,2013 | 12:43PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Most major retailers have that same policy if you don't have a receipt that says what you paid for it.
on May 17,2013 | 01:55PM
Shh wrote:
I never heard of that. Then we should all buy items that are on sale and if we need to return it make sure it is not still on sale. That way we get to have the refund at a regular price. That does not make any sense. They should be giving the customer back the amount that is on the receipt.
on May 17,2013 | 01:56PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Read his/her comment again. They DID when he/she brought in the original receipt. Gift receipts don't show an amount... that's why they are "gift" receipts.
on May 17,2013 | 04:20PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Money talks!
on May 17,2013 | 08:42AM
olos73 wrote:
@4watitsworth, yeah, that's what I told my wife. That "smaller stores" story was just total BS. For sure I won't shop there.
on May 17,2013 | 08:00AM
mcc wrote:
But the train will go ther so the locals can get to work.
on May 17,2013 | 09:47AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Asked about the comments in the Star Advertiser, spokespeople for Ala Moana replied, "You poor local people amuse us. You realize we are coming here for the rich tourist dollars, don't you? It's not like we expect you guys to buy those million dollar condos on top of Nordstroms. Ha ha ha, the poors are so funny."
on May 17,2013 | 07:25AM
otoko wrote:
on May 17,2013 | 07:50AM
iwanaknow wrote:
ya, and the locals smell funny too.
on May 17,2013 | 08:39AM
Shh wrote:
Well I guess us locals need to spread the word to the tourist that they can get the bargain prices instead of buying at Ala Moana then huh!
on May 17,2013 | 01:59PM
allie wrote:
another store that locals cannot afford to shop at
on May 17,2013 | 07:29AM
Fred01 wrote:
Are you saying all locals are poor? Racist!
on May 17,2013 | 04:32PM
Allenk wrote:
I was walking through Macy's the other day and couldn't help notice the high number of tourists shopping in the store. I can't fault GGP for marketing to this segment of the consumers. However, the local look and feel of Ala Moana is rapidly disappearing.
on May 17,2013 | 07:34AM
MakaniKai wrote:
@allenk wrote: “However, the local look and feel of Ala Moana is rapidly disappearing”. Rapidly disappearing? IMO it disappeared nearly twenty years ago! Happy Aloha Friday.
on May 17,2013 | 08:16AM
allie wrote:
on May 17,2013 | 08:23AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Guess we can out Price Busters to join Ala Moana S.C.?
on May 17,2013 | 08:43AM
Shh wrote:
@False- Yeah...you are right...maybe not any of the shopping malls. They probably all belong to GGP
on May 17,2013 | 02:03PM
goodvibrations wrote:
Wimdward Mall is owned by Kamehameha Schools
on May 17,2013 | 02:29PM
false wrote:
If you want the local look and feel, try Pearlridge. Nah, I'd rather not.
on May 17,2013 | 09:43AM
Shh wrote:
Yes we have to go to Kahala Mall, Windward or Pearlridge.
on May 17,2013 | 02:01PM
kauai999 wrote:
what? bloomingdales? tha's PAR with neiman marcus .. only if you like spending $250.00 or MORE for a pair of jeans .. the average local peoples no can afford it there .. the local people are getting seriously alienated at ala moana shopping centre ..
on May 17,2013 | 07:35AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Bloomingdale's on a par with Neiman-Marcus? No, it really isn't. On a par with Nordstrom? Yes. Neiman's? No.
on May 17,2013 | 07:54AM
mikethenovice wrote:
What can you afford for pants?
on May 17,2013 | 08:45AM
Bothrops wrote:
Bloomies! The tourists will love it!!
on May 17,2013 | 08:25AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The locals we love the revenues to support this county.
on May 17,2013 | 08:44AM
vanh808 wrote:
I don't go to most of these luxury and designer stores. But bring a Bass Pro Shop here and I'll be there every day!
on May 17,2013 | 08:36AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You catch a lot of bass around here?
on May 17,2013 | 08:41AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Dick's Sporting store is popular in the mainland.
on May 17,2013 | 08:44AM
mikethenovice wrote:
How about bringing Dillard's to Hawaii?
on May 17,2013 | 08:40AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Another bite in the dust for the mom and pop family owed store up against the big box. They may not have a advantage on price, but they can make it up on personalized, friendly service. Hardware Hawaii is a perfect example of how good service can compete along side the big boys.
on May 17,2013 | 08:49AM
mcc wrote:
Sears is not a mom and pop and it is outmof busuness because they did not give service like Hardware Hawaii.
on May 17,2013 | 09:51AM
Mei mei wrote:
Yay !!!! Bloomingdales!!!!!! luv it !!!
on May 17,2013 | 10:39AM
honupono wrote:
1. Having just moved from Manhattan back home to Honolulu, as a local, I can afford Bloomie's but honestly even when I was living there, no one i knew shopped there. It's archaic, more for the mature crowd. There are too much choices in the City that speaks to the sub groups of shoppers... Uniqlo, H&M, urban outfitters, Lord and Taylor, American Apparel not to mention all the designers... 2. Trader Joe's may come one day, but they don't announce it. I worked there in the city and It's a great company to work for. High pay, great benefits. The customers are mixed, in NYC Trader Joe's is much different from Cali. 3. The article states more than 650,000 sq ft once the Saers portion is redone. Bloomie's will take about 167,000 sq ft so...there is a lot of space left over for more stores. My guess is that they will reconfigure the parking area outside of Sears and convert it into more tenant space. I love ala Moana especially since I live next door!!!
on May 17,2013 | 10:43AM
allie wrote:
Hawaiians can affoird it but other races no. I shop at Ross for my jean shorts and tops!
on May 17,2013 | 11:07AM
IAmSane wrote:
"Hawaiians can affoird it but other races no."

W... T... F...
on May 17,2013 | 02:32PM
Mei mei wrote:
Yes Super x cited about H&M -- oh you speak prada??? hehe
on May 17,2013 | 02:57PM
ehowzit wrote:
on May 17,2013 | 10:46AM
ehowzit wrote:
on May 17,2013 | 10:50AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Oh wonderful. Now I can buy a tuxedo.
on May 17,2013 | 11:30AM
kuewa wrote:
Wow just what we need-- another giant mainland retailer. If there are any local retailers left, they will all soon be aloha `oe. Is our State or City governments making any meaningful efforts to keep Hawai`i from becoming SoCal? (I know the answer--- I'm just being sarcastic.)
on May 17,2013 | 11:41AM
MakaniKai wrote:
LOL kuewa; very true about our local government. $$$$$$$$ If I want to visit SoCal but low on cash and don’t want to hassle TSA I just drive out to Kapolei! I truly miss the unique shopping experience that was ours, like Liberty House. It was a treat to travel to the west coast (or sometimes further east) to shop and eat at businesses that are now in Hawaii. My neighbors travel to LA and Vegas a lot and we look forward to omiyage from Trader Joes. Slowly chipping away at what is the nei. Just my humble opinion; Aloha.
on May 17,2013 | 02:53PM
MakaniKai wrote:
LOL kuewa; very true about our local government. $$$$$$$$ If I want to visit SoCal but low on cash and don’t want to hassle TSA I just drive out to Kapolei! I truly miss the unique shopping experience that was ours, like Liberty House. It was a treat to travel to the west coast (or sometimes further east) to shop and eat at businesses that are now in Hawaii. My neighbors travel to LA and Vegas a lot and we look forward to omiyage from Trader Joes. Slowly chipping away at what is the nei. Just my humble opinion; Aloha.
on May 17,2013 | 02:53PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Liberty House wasn't local either.
on May 17,2013 | 04:22PM
honupono wrote:
neither is Times, Longs Drugs, Consolidated Theatres... so what's the point? Only locallay owned companies can do business here? That's messed up... If you cannot compete with your competitor, than shut down. As a consumer I can choose who I go to for my business. I look for quality and value... I rather pay good money for something that will last versus something cheap. Unless its' something I really want to use, like a apir of swin shorts or a t shirt. Then if it gets worn out I can easily replace it. But for shoes or dress clothes or furniture I'd rather buy quality. You can get quality at the lowest prices if you know when to buy. I would never pay full price unless it was pretty rare to purchase. I think it's about time we have some of the major retailers here, it gives us choices like never before.
on May 19,2013 | 04:10PM
eros_et_logia wrote:
I think the mall needs to start (I don't know if they have any space) building attractions. Like a mini aquarium or butterfly garden or something like that. Ala Moana Center is already a world-class mall, but it should take the next step. They also need to improve the options at the food court. It's terrible. Charge me a dollar more for decent food. It doesn't seem like any of the remaining (Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, Macy's) retail anchors are bustling hubs of sales. I don't think adding another one is good for the mall. But at least they didn't add Ross' Dress for Less. RIP Kahala Mall.
on May 17,2013 | 11:43AM
Shh wrote:
Oh of course! Ala Moana would not be complete without Bloomingdale's why not...we got the other expensive stores lets just open up room for all of them one crack!
on May 17,2013 | 01:51PM
Wazdat wrote:
on May 17,2013 | 02:04PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Sears was practical one stop shop facility. Bloomingdales is what.....another department store for the tourists
on May 17,2013 | 02:59PM
Mei mei wrote:
Bottom line is it brings jobs here ~ w/ sears closing, alot of them lost employment - so it's a win/win!
on May 17,2013 | 03:00PM
mrluke wrote:
I don't care about any of these upscale stores coming. I just want a Krispy Kreme and an In 'n Out Burger to open here! :-)
on May 17,2013 | 03:14PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Will Bloomies keep the auto center? Hope so. Bloomingdale's is a pretty good choice. Perhaps too close in style to Macy's. Would've been interesting to see a Lord & Taylor. Still, this is far better than parceling it up into many smaller shops, which would've costed way more (think, higher rents thus higher prices to consumers).
on May 17,2013 | 04:16PM
Ichigo wrote:
on May 17,2013 | 04:24PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Yeah, another "tourist" generated retail store. I love it! Luck live Hawaii, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!! Welfare State in 5yrs.
on May 17,2013 | 04:42PM
kailua000 wrote:
another store for the japanese tourists. not like us locals can all afford a pair of $200 jeans, $200 for a t-shirt and a chocolate bar for $12. Sears I could take or leave but how about a Kohls or Dillards or bring back JC Penneys, where people can actually afford to shop.
on May 17,2013 | 07:01PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
As if we don't have enough overpriced department stores here.....
on May 17,2013 | 08:24PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Honolulu does not have the "fashion sense" to really appreciate Bloomingdales! T-shirt, slippers, and shorts is the outfit of preference. And the so-called locals wear this ridiculous get up with a absurd sense of pride, badge of honor. Speaks volumes of the IQ of these people.
on May 18,2013 | 06:03AM
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