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Walmart opening downtown store in mid-July

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:43 p.m. HST, Jun 05, 2014

Walmart will open its 10th Hawaii store at Fort Street Mall downtown in mid-July.

The big-box giant plans to hire about 150 workers for the 80,000-square-foot store. Employees were stocking shelves on Thursday in preparation for the opening of Walmart's first two-story location in the islands.

Similar to its other stores, the Fort Street Mall location will have a pharmacy and grocery department, as well as lawn and garden supplies on the second level. Walmart is replacing Macy's, which closed in February 2013 and will be just blocks from rivals Longs Drugs and Walgreens.

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Fred01 wrote:
Derp. Wallgreens is not a rival.
on June 5,2014 | 12:50PM
Morimoto wrote:
Yeah and neither is Longs. Unless they're only talking about the pharmacy section.
on June 5,2014 | 02:19PM
what wrote:
The clientele there should be lovely. Saw a homeless man openly urinating on the curb in front of the store, splashing a nearby parked car. Maybe it was his christening ceremony.
on June 5,2014 | 12:59PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!!!!
on June 5,2014 | 01:51PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Positive economic news. Good addition to the downtown area.
on June 5,2014 | 01:04PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
At least parking will not be an issue .... Longs would be worried ....
on June 5,2014 | 01:52PM
honupono wrote:
most of the downtown mom and pop stores should be worried. Walmart will change that corridor forever. You will see the homeless move out because there will be security. The adjacent area will bring in more retailers.
on June 5,2014 | 03:27PM
iwanaknow wrote:
What is the starting pay for the lowest paid worker at Wal-Mart?
on June 5,2014 | 04:43PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Much higher than laying on the sidewalk wondering where a guy can get a job.
on June 5,2014 | 05:24PM
SteveToo wrote:
Paid parking???? Not a good idea if you want people to shop there.
on June 5,2014 | 07:07PM
localguy wrote:
Where did you get "Paid parking?" Must be an anti Walmart worker.
on June 5,2014 | 11:27PM
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