Ala Moana Center gives expansion update

Developer General Growth Properties detailed its plans for Ala Moana Center and the new Ewa Wing expansion Thursday.

Senior director of development Francisco Gutierrez spoke before the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals.

We’ve reported many of the plans already, including all the new stores that are slated to come in, and ones that are relocating from other parts of the mall.

Changes include Bloomingdale’s, a revamped Shirokiya and Nordstrom.

Now, we’re learning more about another critical component to the expansion: 4,500 new parking spaces.

“The challenge with parking was being how quickly we needed to build it because we want all this garage to be back in service by the time we opened Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom,” said Gutierrez. “You cannot open a department store without the parking, so we’ve got to have it done by Nov. 12.”

Ala Moana Center will now have 11,000 parking spaces, the largest parking structure in the state.

Officials say every single renovation project at the center should wrap up right before Black Friday in November.

The wing is slated to officially open Nov. 12.

The project cost $500 million, plus an additional $50 million to renovate the rest of the mall.

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