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Crowds rush to Walmart opening in downtown Honolulu

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:06 p.m. HST, Jul 09, 2014

Walmart opened its downtown Honolulu store on Wednesday at 8 a.m., taking over the space previously occupied by Macy's and Liberty House at 1032 Fort Street Mall.

The company had a traditional Hawaiian blessing and maile lei untying to mark the opening. The new store will open from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. daily.

The store's manager is Ray Griego, who began his career with Walmart in Hawaii 17 years ago as a cashier at Kunia Walmart. The store has approximately 150 staff.

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amela wrote:
How much do you need to spend to get parking validation?
on July 9,2014 | 11:14AM
PMINZ wrote:
IRT amela - I think it is $25, for two hours parking per Ch 2 news.
on July 9,2014 | 01:05PM
jthgrb wrote:
The dirty little secret that was not on any of the flyers WalMart mailed and is NOT visible before entering the parking ramp is that you must spend $25 before they will validate parking, else it is $3 per 30 minutes! I learned the hard way today and the staff is unapologetic and quick to dismiss your complaint. I bought injector cleaner for $3.65 and it really cost me $6.65.
on July 9,2014 | 08:09PM
what wrote:
Buy a $25 Wal-Mart gift card if you shop there often enough to use it for future trips. Then you can get out without paying the $3 parking fee.
on July 10,2014 | 02:11AM
krusha wrote:
That fee is probably going to limit a lot of people shopping at that store, especially with the store in the Ala Moana area. This store probably wants to cater more to the walk-up traffic from the people who work and live around the store.
on July 10,2014 | 06:39AM
uni2012 wrote:
Great idea!
on July 10,2014 | 07:56AM
lookup wrote:
They need to have some kind of spending limit or else people will park there and go to other parts of downtown to shop and eat. There are several other Walmart stores to choose from if you dont want to spent $25.00!
on July 10,2014 | 02:20PM
PMINZ wrote:
Ho Hum Yawn - another Big Box Store, I work downtown, but hardly ever went to "Liberty House" or "Macy's" probably won't go to the "Wallmart" any more than I went to the two previous tenants there. I walk past it just about every work day.
on July 9,2014 | 01:02PM
pj737 wrote:
I disagree... it's probably the best use of the space. You can shop for things you need during lunch break or right after work and then drive straight home. Seems like a huge convenience for downtown workers.
on July 9,2014 | 01:50PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
on July 9,2014 | 04:45PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
r u playing Hollywood Squares?!
on July 9,2014 | 05:02PM
localguy wrote:
Good, you will not be missed.
on July 9,2014 | 06:06PM
2015WILDER wrote:
Earlier this year, Wal-Mart Store Inc. announced its commitment to buy $250 billion “Made in the USA” products (including textiles and apparel) over the next 10 years ($50 billion annually) with the hope to “help spark a revitalization of U.S.-based manufacturing” and “create jobs in America”. Best wishes Wal-Mart! We need to revitalize the US economy!
on July 9,2014 | 01:25PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
If Wal-mart wants to revitalize, they should start by treating their employees better.
on July 9,2014 | 01:49PM
2NDC wrote:
Employees choose to work there. If they don't like it, there are other options.
on July 9,2014 | 06:14PM
PoiDoggy wrote:
No, there aren't always other options. It can be hard to find work. If you've been out of work for a while, and this was all you could find, you'd prob take it even if it wasn't the greatest job, because you'd need it. Have some compassion. The poor salaries, and treatment of their employees, is why I don't patronize the store.
on July 10,2014 | 05:10AM
what wrote:
They get paid better than most people think, and they have a health plan. The pay is low but not rock bottom, the health plan is not top tier but it is good. The workers are treated decently. They only reason I can see for so much hatred is because Waall Mart is a big target.
on July 10,2014 | 11:29AM
false wrote:
Why? They always was China's best customer.
on July 9,2014 | 02:19PM
F8TH wrote:
I think you mean $25B annually.
on July 9,2014 | 03:37PM
Bully wrote:
The homeless finally have a place where they can use the restrooms. Well at least until Walmart gets tired of them messing up the place.
on July 9,2014 | 01:45PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Wal-Mart like everyone else will take precautionary measures. Tiny moms and pops can show "No Public Restroom" placards. Wal-Mart has security staff and conveniently times restroom cleaning during hours when people might use a restroom and depart the store. Safeway on Pali Highway blocks off their restrooms during the early morning hours.
on July 9,2014 | 05:01PM
Masami wrote:
What if the "shi shi" lady goes shopping there?
on July 9,2014 | 02:11PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Someone will call 911, no worries, got lots of witnesses.
on July 9,2014 | 04:57PM
sparkyzane wrote:
That would be okay since she's already got her own cart. She would have to off load a little bit though.
on July 10,2014 | 08:14AM
false wrote:
Ironically and extension of China town.
on July 9,2014 | 02:18PM
SteveToo wrote:
And the din-g ba-ts in New York city don't want another walmart. Liberals....???
on July 9,2014 | 02:21PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
WalMart has done more to hire vets, provide affordable prescription drugs and create jobs than Congress. That is the hard 2x4 of fact.
on July 9,2014 | 04:46PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Major competition for Longs. Back in the day it was competition from Woolworth and Kress. Now Wal-Wart will take business away from Longs. As they say, shop until one drops and after dropping in Wal-Mart, a typical shopper would need to catch TheBus or go back to The Office.
on July 9,2014 | 04:55PM
clum56 wrote:
Longs, does not need to worry about loosing customers and business to Walmart. The faithful customers will always shop at Longs....
on July 10,2014 | 03:24AM
agumakiki wrote:
What no L&L drive-inn ! ! !
on July 10,2014 | 04:53AM
lokela wrote:
No L & L but get Hawaiian Tel Credit Union. If anyone is interested.
on July 10,2014 | 06:51AM
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