Inside Look at the Ala Moan Center's Massive Expansion Project on Honolulu

The Ala Moana Center in Honolulu will be completely transformed by 2015.

Travel Agent recently sat down with representatives of the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and got the details on a multi-million dollar expansion project that will transform the Ewa end of the center into an expanded three-level retail space.

Phases of the project began earlier this year with a redevelopment and renovation of the Center Court area. Construction was launched in August of 2013 on the Ewa Wing expansion. The full project is expected to be completed in late 2015.

The Center Court on the street level began renovation in January 2013. The first phase, which includes new stores, updated common area finishes and new restrooms, was completed this month. The second phase will open in November and will include a new Centerstage, Customer Service Center and tenant spaces. When complete, the Center Court area will have an additional 2,000 square feet of space to accommodate larger breezeways and easier access for shoppers through the Street Level of the Center. The new Centerstage will be larger with better viewing space for future events.


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The Ewa Wing of the Center will be redeveloped into 650,000 square feet of new retail, including a 167,000 square-foot Bloomingdale’s department store, large format retailers, dining, entertainment, 200,000 square feet of inline retailers and more than 1,000 additional parking stalls. Construction on the three-level expansion has begun. One of the first steps will be the demolition of the former Sears building. The project is expected to be completed in late 2015.

Ala Moana Center will continue to implement measures to minimize impact to shoppers and merchants during the project. Temporary walkways will be installed throughout the project to ensure the safety of all visitors when and where they are required. As part of the expansion project, the street level entrance on Pi‘ikoi Street will be closed during construction; but the Pi‘ikoi onramp to the mall level will remain open. 


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