By Lisa Kubota - bio | email
AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Shoppers are celebrating the arrival of another major retailer. Bed Bath and Beyond opened its first store in Hawaii Thursday morning. Martha Elson of Ko Olina showed up before sunrise for the grand opening. With her gift card in hand, she didn't mind waiting a few hours for the doors to open.
"This is big! One of my favorite stores on the mainland and when I first saw the sign, I was like, oh, I gotta be here. So I'm here!" said Elson.
The new store is located in Pearlridge Center, at the site of the old Circuit City. After a short ceremony outside, customers rushed in to start shopping.
"I'm excited cause it's two floors!"
"Our average store is generally between 30,000 and 50,000 square feet. This is 65,000 so it's a big store full of all kinds of exciting stuff" said Steve Broutt regional manager for Bed Bath & Beyond.
The retailer hired about 100 workers locally. They also teamed up with 35 local vendors to stock items you won't find in the mainland stores. Officials say the home furnishings are being offered at competitive prices.
"We've done our homework, we've looked around. We feel very good about our prices and we can back it up with a price guarantee. So if anyone ever finds a lower price anywhere we'll be absolutely thrilled to meet it."
This store also includes health and beauty care products. Plus there's an entire section filled with food.
"I just can't tell you how excited I am personally to get the doors open, to have customers come in and see what we have to offer" said store manager Tim Muleady.
"Every time we go to the mainland, we like to go to Bed Bath and Beyond, the other name brand stores and it's hard to buy and have to carry it back" said Stephen Jonas of Ewa Beach.
With Thursday's opening, Bed Bath and Beyond now has a store in all 50 states