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International Market Place reopens to shoppers with new design, stores

The renovated International Market Place reopened to the public Thursday (Image: Hawaii News Now) The renovated International Market Place reopened to the public Thursday (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (AP) - A newly redesigned marketplace has opened in Honolulu after undergoing a $500 million renovation.

The International Market Place opened to the public Thursday and features dozens of restaurants and retailers, including Hawaii's first Saks Fifth Avenue. The previous version, which closed in 2013, featured only a cluster of kiosks and small stores.

The CEO of developer Taubman Centers says the half-billion dollar project created 2,500 permanent jobs, and the marketplace's revenue will be donated to island hospitals.

Local residents who attended the grand opening said they liked the "more modern" style of the shopping center and appreciated its "new cultural aspects."

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