Swinerton In the News

Swinerton Builders Hawaii: November 02, 2016

A look inside Target's Ala Moana Center store: Slideshow and Video

Target’s new store in the former Nordstrom space at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu is expected to open by August and will encompass about 140,000 square feet in two floors above the planned Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store.

New details were revealed about the major project at a ground blessing held Wednesday outside the entrance of Target’s seventh store in Hawaii.

Architecture firm CallisonRTKL is the architect for the project, and Swinerton Builders, which worked on the Target project on Maui and several others on the Mainland, is the general contractor. It also built the Bloomingdale’s store in the mall’s new Ewa wing.

PBN broke the news that Target would be coming to Ala Moana Center.

Construction is scheduled to start on Nov. 14, and the store should be completed by the middle of August, Aaron Yamasaki, project manager for Swinerton Builders, told PBN.

About 25 people were in attendance for the blessing of the new Target store, which was years in the making.

Steve Hauser, project manager for Target, said the Minneapolis-based big-box giant was working on getting a deal done for a space in the redeveloped former Sears store in the Ewa wing and then at the former Nordstrom space along Kapiolani Boulevard, which finally worked out for both mall majority ownerGeneral Growth Properties Inc. and the retailer.

“This is one of the most enjoyable projects that I’ve worked on in my 14 years at Target,” said Hauser, who currently manages projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii.

Kahu Kelekona Bishaw, who has lived in Kailua since 1961, said there was a lot of controversy surrounding the Target that eventually opened in Windward Oahu.

“Some said they wouldn’t shop there, but I see them there,” he said before blessing the new store’s space. “In anything, there will always be challenges. In any struggle, if you are trying to do the right thing, you’ll be okay. I shop at Target all the time. Just continue to go forward.”

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th will take up 41,000 square feet of ground floor space below Target in the former space occupied by Nordstrom, which opened in that location in
March 2008.

Nordstrom moved to the Ewa wing near the state’s first Bloomingdale’s and Zara stores. PBN broke the news regarding Saks opening at Ala Moana Center as well as Nordstrom’s move to the other side of the mall.

Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) currently has stores in Kailua in Windward Oahu, Salt Lake in Honolulu, Kapolei in West Oahu, Kahului on Maui and on the Big Island in Kailua-Kona and Hilo. The retailer also has a 32,537-square-foot facility on Oahu that serves as a central distribution warehouse for all of its stores in the state.

Target will join Ross Dress for Less, another big-box retailer, at Ala Moana Center. Ross signed a lease for a location between Old Navy and Saint-Germain Bakery in the mall’s old
Ewa wing.

About a block away, there are other well-known retailers including Walmart, another Ross store and the state’s flagship Walgreens store.

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