Pier 1 Imports held a media preview of its newest Honolulu store at the Ward Village Shops on Oahu, Hawai‘i. The new store is located at the Ward Village Shops at 1170 Auahi Street in Kaka‘ako. The new store will officially open to the public on Friday, Nov. 1, after a traditional Hawaiian blessing which begins at 9:30 a.m. The first 300 shoppers on Nov. 1 will receive a free signature reusable bag and an iconic Pier 1 Imports backscratcher, as well as other surprises.
“This year marks our 15th anniversary since opening our first store in Hawai‘i at Ward Centers; we are honored to continue our commitment to our Hawai‘i customers with the opening of our new Honolulu store,” said Alex W. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pier 1 Imports. “At Pier 1 Imports, we are pleased to offer an eclectic and fun array of affordable home décor, furniture and gifts, and we look forward to continuing to share our unique shopping experience with the residents and visitors of Honolulu.”
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The new Ward Village store boasts 9,888 square feet of total retail square footage and features Pier 1 Imports’ new store concept, including natural-colored floor tiles, rustic ceiling elements and enhanced store lighting. The store will employ approximately 30-32 part-time associates to support the new store opening; associate hours will fluctuate based on the needs of the business and the season.
Throughout the grand opening event, customers can enjoy live entertainment, including a Chinese lion dance from the Hawaii Lion Dance Association and music from Smooth Remedy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win Pier 1 Imports’ product giveaways throughout the event.
Pier 1 Imports has three stores on Oahu in Honolulu, Kailua and Pearl City, one on Maui in Kahului, and one on Hawai‘i Island in Kailua-Kona. For more information, visit Pier 1 Imports online at www.pier1.com.
New Store Design Features
Pier 1 Imports unveiled its new store concept in fall 2011. The new store design is a natural evolution of the Pier 1 Imports experience that utilizes a new interior finish-out, including natural-colored floor tiles, rustic ceiling elements, enhanced store lighting and lit shelving units lining the walls, all of which help customers visualize the end-use of the products within their own home. The new look is complemented by the use of “open stock” merchandising, designed to enhance the shopping environment by giving customers the opportunity to see, feel and interact with the product. The exterior design features a signature bamboo door with rustic metal door handles that will mark the entrance to Pier 1 Imports’ unique shopping experience. The features of the new store will allow easier navigation, all while maintaining the “treasure hunt” feel and continuing to make Pier 1 Imports a great place for discovery and spending time browsing.
Giving Back To Community
Pier 1 Imports is dedicated to supporting the communities in which its associates live and work, as well as the international community from where it imports much of its merchandise. Since 1985, Pier 1 Imports has contributed more than $37 million to philanthropic organizations through international, national and local efforts including UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) and the United Way.