Global retailer H&M to open second store in Hawaii

Global retailer H&M to open second store in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four months after H&M's grand opening in Waikiki, the Swedish-based clothing giant has an eye on West Oahu.

"Waikiki is really far and it'll be nice to have something really close," said Alicia Quinata, a Kapolei resident.

Right now it's a field of dreams for fashion hunters. But an empty lot in Kapolei will be shaping up into a glitzy new mall.

"I'm gonna be one of the first people in line for the door busters," said Kapolei resident Samara Burnett.

H&M is the newest retailer to sign on at Ka Makana Alii off Kualakai Parkway. The mall will eventually be Hawaii's third largest mall.

"I've never shopped at H&M, so I'm really excited. I've seen some of the stuff before and really like it and looking forward to it," Kapolei resident Sarah Klitzke said.

Along with H&M’s two level store, the property plans to include two hotels, movie theaters, and more than 100 stores. It’s a total of about 1.4 million square feet. Compare that to Ala Moana's 2.1 million square feet. 

The builder, DeBartolo Development, is banking on the area's rapid growth. The company cites West Oahu's 25-percent population increase in the past 12 years.

The area now includes more than 300,000 people with an average family making about $85,000 a year.

"I'm excited for it. It's gonna be closer so I'll have more access to the stores and everything like that instead of driving to Pearl Ridge or Ala Moana," said Miciona Saguibo.

The mall will be breaking ground later this year. The first phase, including H&M, is scheduled to open in 2016.The entire project is expected to provide more than 4,000 construction jobs.

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