Sears in the Ala Moana Shopping Center will soon close its doors for good this Sunday, June 2, 2013. In its present state as of this writing, the store is pretty much just an empty shell of its former self. Which to be honest, as I looked around inside, I almost shed a tear, feeling a sense of personal loss, being like many of you, I grew up with Sears as a fixture of Ala Moana, dating back to the center’s beginning in 1959. In fact, my new stainless steel kitchen appliances were purchased at Sears Ala Moana, as was most of my dress slacks and dress shirts for work.
At least when Liberty House parted, a similar store took its place with Macy’s. However, in the case with Sears, Ala Moana Center owner General Growth plans to demolish the entire Ewa wing after Sears leaves, then “reinvent” and rebuild that portion of the mall, adding 650,000 square feet of additional retail space. Bloomingdale’s will take up 167,000 square feet on three levels similar to Sears, with the remainder occupied by large-format retailers, dining, entertainment and inline retail space.
Fortunately Sears as a public company is still alive, with the closing of Ala Moana part of a restructuring plan of their portfolio for shareholders, as well as an overall renewed perception by the general public. Whether that happens, we’ll see. In the mean time, Sears continues to operate two other locations here on Oahu in Windward Mall and Pearlridge.
Ala Moana Center is General Growth’s most productive mall with sales surpassing $1,200 per square foot, said Shobi Khan, the company’s chief operating officer.
Let’s now take a photographic walk (using my SG Note II) around Sears Ala Moana, this being on the 5th and 4th day prior to their final closing. Enjoy… or should I say, let’s cry together…
That may look like Sears on any given day, however, let’s now point the camera in another direction….
Sears Ala Moana mall level facing the Mauka entrance from the mall entrance 5.29.13
Sears Ala Moana mall level mens clothing department (what was once that) 5.29.13
Now that we’re downstairs around the escalator area, I just wanted to note, that I SWEAR you can still smell the scent of fresh-made popcorn permeated into the concrete walls. Remember when Sears used to sell hot popcorn down there? I do!
Sears Ala Moana street level garden department 5.29.13
In its final days, Sears Ala Moana’s 3rd floor was closed off from the public, the mall level floor was dedicated to selling off clearance merchandise, while the street level floor section that previously was home to their electronics and major appliances department was where they were selling off retail merchandising and operations items, including shelving, display bins, racks, cabinets, hardware, office and maintenance equipment and supplies, and other miscellaneous items related to their daily operations. Here’s a look at some of what was being sold off at highly discounted prices…
The backside of the glass display case included multiple LOCKED drawers to store the backstock of whatever it is in the case.
Back upstairs at mall level, some merchandise on clearance blowout…
Once again, Sears Ala Moana’s final day will be tomorrow, Sunday, June 2, 2013. *Tears falling*
What are your memories of Sears Ala Moana? Did you buy all your major appliances there? School or work clothes? Change your car’s oil, tires, battery and brakes? Work there?
Sears & Roebuck Building on Beretania and Young Street, circa 1954, before Sears moved to Ala Moana in 1959. Building became headquarters for the Honolulu Police Department in 1967. *Photo courtesy of CharlesPhoenix.com.
Related news on the closure of Sears Ala Moana
• Small shops inside Sears Ala Moana scramble to find new homes as closure nears – HawaiiNewsNow.com
• Bloomingdale’s to open first Hawaii store at Ala Moana Center – Pacific Business News
P.S. You all know Apple Store has been in Ala Moana (as well as Kahala Mall and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki) for a number of years now…
Well, soon to come and play the “Home Depot vs. Lowes stone throwing” retail game is Microsoft Store…
The Microsoft Store in Ala Moana will open on June 13, 2013, located literally within a stone throwing distance from, and practically right across Apple store on the mall level. Unbelievable.
I swear to God, with Android, and now this? Steve Jobs is definitely turning in his grave. LOL!!!