What about Kmart Iwilei? There’s also a Kmart at several other island locations, including another adjacent to Aloha Stadium, where Castle Park used to be. Remember Castle Park?! Well, if you remember Castle Park, chances are you were on Oahu when Kmart first opened their doors here in Iwilei way, way, WAY back in 1992, where prior to that, it was a Pay and Pack Home Improvement store.
Gosh. 1992? If you graduated high school in 1992, you’re now 41 years old. as in you’re now considered OLD!!! Which sounds crazy, right? Tell me about it. And I’m WAY older than you!
Anyways, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, the latest news is Kmart in Iwilei will shut its doors this March, due to an expiration of their lease, and the landowner not wanting to renew it. Which seems sort of a strange deal, as Sears Holdings Corp. sold the 77,452-square-foot retail building for about $11.3 million in July to New York-based Seritage Growth Partners. According to Pacific Business News, a source tells them they’re likely to break up the space and have it anchored by a Ross Dress for Less. That’s cool. Better than a dang storage facility, that’s for sure!
Not surprisingly, once word got out that Kmart Iwilei is closing, suddenly people started coming out in DROVES to either hunt for deals, or make sure they get a piece of the memory before it slips by.
Speaking of memories, I swear I made eye contact with “Aunty Da’ ‘Kine” in the parking lot upon this visit here yesterday afternoon. However that’s another story for the next lifetime. ;-)
And speaking aunties, nothing is as iconic and branding of this neighborhood besides, oh, Dole Cannery, City Mill, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, Best Buy, Salvation Army and who else? IHS. Yep, right across the street from Kmart in Iwilei. Always a fun crowd! Tee-hee!
And speaking of fun, while I’m not a Kmart shopper at all, I definitely LOVE their in-house Pizza joint, Little Caesars! “Pizza Pizza”. LOVE their pizza, greasy ‘n all! By far ZI’ BES’ crust and sauce of the cheap Pie eats genre. Muah!
I also love Kmart Iwilei’s Popcorn, especially when it’s popped fresh, just like the movies. That is definitely something I’ll miss when they’re gone, kinda’ giving me that “I miss Woolworth’s!…and Sears Ala Moana!” somber kinda’ mood. You da’ kine’ eh? LOL!!!!
Back to Little Ceasar’s @ Kmart Iwilei, the one very thing I’m gonna’ miss of ERRR’DING @ this place is their Crazy Bread with Marinara dipping sauce. OMG! The best! Mui Bueno! Delicioso!
Just looking at that fragrant, herb-laced marinara makes me wanna’ dive in and take a bath in it!
Wait, what were we talkin’ ’bout now? Bread Sticks? Marinara? Kmart in Iwilei? Who? Huh? Where am I? LOL!!!
Thankfully, at least we’ve got until March to conveniently get that Little Caesar’s “Pizza Pizza” groove on, or whatever hugely discounted shopping groove you’ve got goin’ on @ Kmart in Iwilei.
P.S. Back at Sandy’s this weekend, gettin’ more much needed Vitamin UV-D….