Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hawaii's First Saks Fifth Avenue Opens (Oahu)

The islands' first Saks Fifth Avenue opened at the newly renovated International Marketplace in Waikiki. I thought Saks would never come to Hawaii since Neiman Marcus catered well to this limited clientele base, but the Waikiki strip generates such high revenue from the estimated 80k daily visitors walking down Kalakaua Avenue that the chain couldn't resist. Saks plans to open a second shop in the Ala Moana shopping center (in the former Nordstrom location), but let's see how the Waikiki location does first--reports of an empty store (no customers) and poor customer service by its sales people don't bode well for this department store's future. 

A promo video of the renovations of the International Marketplace:

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