Ala Moana Still Largest Shopping Center in Country - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Ala Moana Still Largest Shopping Center in Country

Jasmine Tso Jasmine Tso
Sheeree Young Sheeree Young

By Tracy Gladden

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It's been two and a half years in the making and the new wing of the country's largest open-air mall opens this Friday. Due to large Kamaina demand, Nordstrom is moving to the islands, and bringing 30 new stores with it to the Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Jasmine Tso is the center's Promotions Director.

"In 1912 Walter Dillingham purchased this swampland from the estate of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and it was 50 acres and actually it was his son Loel who had the idea of creating a shopping center," she said.

In August 1959, the center opened as the largest shopping center in the country with 80 stores and an unprecedented 5,000 parking stalls.

Sheeree Young likes to shop at Ala Moana.

"I've been shopping here ever since I was young, I guess new things have come along and they've just expanded more and more," she said.

The new renovation is the mall's sixth and largest yet- expanding the center to 2.1 million square feet.

"It's only Tuesday and the parking lot is ridiculous, so it's kind of hard to find parking but people still come here and it's still popular," Young said.

The multi-million dollar renovation includes a new parking structure adding 800 stalls to the center.

"We estimate that we get approximately 42 million shopping visitations per year," Tso said.

And that makes it one of the largest shopping centers in the world. The new expansion and Nordstrom store will open to the public on Friday morning.

Job Link 8 Featured Jobs
  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • First lady visits migrant children housed in Texas

    First lady visits migrant children housed in Texas

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:42 PM EDT2018-06-21 16:42:26 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 2:04 PM EDT2018-06-23 18:04:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). First lady Melania Trump arrives at McAllen Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018, to visit the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center and the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Luthe...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). First lady Melania Trump arrives at McAllen Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018, to visit the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center and the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Luthe...
    Melania Trump is visiting a Texas facility housing some of the more 2,300 migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.More >>
    Melania Trump is visiting a Texas facility housing some of the more 2,300 migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.More >>
  • High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-06-21 14:32:03 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 2:04 PM EDT2018-06-23 18:04:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File). FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were lo...(AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File). FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were lo...

    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

    More >>

    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

    More >>
  • Hawaii AT&T workers say company urged them to use unethical tactics — and then fired them

    Hawaii AT&T workers say company urged them to use unethical tactics — and then fired them

    Saturday, June 23 2018 1:59 PM EDT2018-06-23 17:59:39 GMT
    Abraham Buonya says he was fired from AT&T for simply following his manager's orders. (Image: Hawaii News Now)Abraham Buonya says he was fired from AT&T for simply following his manager's orders. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

    Current and former AT&T employees are condemning the company, accusing it of committing unethical sales tactics on its customers, and firing employees after they were directed to use such tactics.

    More >>

    Current and former AT&T employees are condemning the company, accusing it of committing unethical sales tactics on its customers, and firing employees after they were directed to use such tactics.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly