Liquidation sale underway at Hawaii’s first Kmart store

The liquidation sale at Hawaii’s first-ever Kmart store has begun.

We broke the news earlier this week that the Iwilei location will officially close its doors in March.

It has been open on Nimitz Highway since October 1992.

The parking lot was packed when KHON2 stopped by Thursday. Customers we spoke with found great deals, but were sad to see the store go.

“I love Kmart and I love the blue light special,” said shopper Carol Parker. “I used to bring my husband here, the family. I’m sad it’s going out of business, because it’s an institution.”

“We got mostly workout equipment. I’m building my home gym for that New Year’s resolution, and then also a kitchen cart with a granite table top to help store and cook in the kitchen,” said shopper Jeff Squier.

Company officials say it had nothing to do with the store’s performance, but rather its lease, which is ending early. One-hundred-forty-one workers will be impacted once the store shuts down.

Kmart still has six other stores in Hawaii, including three more on Oahu.

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