Crowds gather at Walmart during downtown Honolulu opening

Hundreds gathered early Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of Honolulu’s newest Walmart.

The 80,000-square-foot store on Fort Street Mall, formerly occupied by Macy’s, opened its doors at 8 a.m.

While it’s the smallest Walmart in Hawaii, realtors say location is key.

“Our small format may offer a better format for our customers being able to come in and out, grab and go,” said store manager Ray Griego. “Obviously with this general area there is a lot of walk-in traffic.”

“The (Walmart) on Keeaumoku is kind of crazy, there is no parking, so I think it’s great because it is in town,” said customer Myleen Cardenas. “I work right across the street, so it’s great.”

There are more than 470 parking spaces in the building, and the store offers two hours of free validation with purchases over $25.

Shoppers lined up along Fort Street Mall to enter the new Walmart.
Shoppers lined up along Fort Street Mall to enter the new Walmart.
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