Last week, Pacific Business News gave us a sneak peek into what the new Ewa Wing at Ala Moana Center will look like. Construction is moving along, and the Center is set debut its new wing on schedule on November 12. For more information and photos, read Darin Moriki's article below:
With less than a month left before Ala Moana Center takes down the construction barriers for its estimated $573 million Ewa Wing expansion, representatives from Hawaii's largest regional shopping mall say they are moving swiftly to deliver on their promises.
A lot has changed in the more than two months since PBN and other media outlets were taken on a guided tour of the newly reconfigured and reconstructed retail wing. The storefronts for some new tenants, like Kate Spade New York, are almost complete, and most of the complex's aesthetic elements, including the wooden ceiling panels, light fixtures, and landscaping have been built out.
Workers prepare to put up the letters for the new Bloomingdale's signage
The entire three-level retail wing — built on the site of the former Sears store — along with the nine-level, 4,500-space parking structure near Longs Drugs, will open on Nov. 12, two weeks before Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season. Ala Moana Center spokesmanScott Creel said 39 retailers and restaurants will open at that time, with the remaining tenants opening at later dates.
Chicago-based General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP), the mall's majority owner, has said the total cost of the project is $573 million.
In all, the mall will have 11,000 parking stalls, including about 2,500 parking stalls that were reconfigured to accommodate full-sized vehicles, once the Ewa wing and the adjacent nine-level mauka Ewa parking structure is open.
New mall retailers moving into the new Ewa Wing include: Aesop; Agent Provocateur; Aqua Blu; BOSS Hugo Boss; David Yurman; Desigual; Gloria Jean’s Coffees; Island Slipper; Ivivva; Kay Jewelers; Kids Foot Locker; Laline; Lorna Jane Active Living; Magnolia Bakery; Malie Organics; Ninja Sushi; Nitrogenie; Pierre Marcolini; Planet Blue; SwimSpot; Ted Baker London; The Art of Shaving; and The North Face.
Spanish clothing and accessories retailer Zara will open its Ewa store in December, while Café Lani Hawaii, MTOC, and Tempura Ichidai will open in early 2016.
Existing Ala Moana Center tenants that are moving into the new Ewa Wing are: Ben Bridge Timeworks; Coach; Diesel; Escada; Jamba Juice; Kate Spade New York; La Perla; Lululemon Athletica; Rimowa; St. John; Starbucks; Sunglass Hut; Tory Burch; and True Religion Brand Jeans.
French luxury goods retailer Hermes will open its new Ewa Wing store in fall 2016, while Folli Follie and JTB's Oli Oli Station will make their moves into the new Ewa Wing by spring 2016.