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Target opens first Hawaii stores

Kristal Kaauwai Kristal Kaauwai
Shannon Koth Shannon Koth
Jen Rapoza Jen Rapoza
Denise Lint Denise Lint
"Bullseye" - Target's mascot "Bullseye" - Target's mascot

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A big retailer opens a pair of stores on Oahu. Target has not only hired hundreds of employees, boosting the number of retail jobs, it is also giving residents more choices when it comes to shopping.

They came from near and not so far to be first to get into the new Target store in Salt Lake.

"I didn't want to fight the crowd, so I figured I'd beat the line. But I didn't figure I'd be the first one," said Salt Lake resident, Kristal Kaauwai.

The Salt Lake store is one of two new Targets in the islands.

Hundreds lined up not only in Salt Lake but in Kapiolei for the other grand opening. For some, it was their first Target experience, but for seasoned shoppers, Target has a special appeal.

"There's so much more you can get here than anywhere else," said Pearl Harbor resident, Shannon Koth.

"It's the prices but its also the selection of things. Things are nicer, I think they are better quality," added Jen Rapoza.

And when the doors finally opened, the crowd rushed in, and the store quickly filled up with hundreds of shoppers.

But this was the company's quiet start to business in the islands.

"Its our quiet opening. Giving teams to get really used to business, then the grand opening is on Sunday," said Denise Lint, a Target Team Leader.

From spam on special, to hard to find toys, eager customers quickly snapped up items.

Some shop with smiles, others with serious determination to find a bargain, but for most, this store really hits the spot with shoppers.

Along with the two Oahu stores, Target plans to open its Kona store in July.

And there are plans in the works for a future store in Hilo.

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