Wal-Mart in Honolulu is becoming a Super Wal-Mart! (well, almost).
Many if not all of the local food stores are very much against WM evolving into a SWM like many of it’s sister stores around the nation and much of the world and with good reason; WM has the ability to buy in larger quantities than smaller stores and therefore can offer better prices. HHNews reporter Terri Foss spoke to a WM associate yesterday who said they are getting closer to a Super WM, offering more foods and a larger variety then before but not quite becoming a full Super Wal-Mart.
Those of you who have visited the large retailer on Keeaumoku over the last few weeks may have noticed some remodeling going on. The shelves and departments are being changed and restructured to make room for new items that are already loaded onto ships and are currently en rout to Oahu. Wal-Mart first came to Oahu in 2004 and has been very successful. One has only to watch the continuous stream of shoppers entering at all hours or drive through the 4 story enclosed parking lot to see the popularity of this store.
In related news, Wal-Mart is slated to open a new store in Kapolei that should be fully operational sometime early 2012. They have hired 200 local construction workers and have contracted Nordic PCL Construction to build the store.
Walmart expects to hire about 300 workers to operate the store, including cashiers, sales associates, pharmacists, and store managers.
The company has decided to incorporate energy-efficient technologies to aid in reducing water consumption while minimizing wastes.
Similar to the Pearl City Wal-Mart store, the new Kapolei store will feature large skylights that will reduce the energy needs for lighting during the day.
Bradley George www.HHnewsHQ.com