Over 10,000 people showed up the day Kmart opened back in 1988. Yes, you are reading correctly, over 10,000 people on opening day for Kmart!! People started lining up in the middle of the night waiting for the doors to open. I kept telling everyone it was “just Kmart”. I could not believe the hype and the insane number of people that camped out and showed up on opening day. I do remember going to Filene's basement in Boston with my grandmother when I was little and waiting outside for the doors to open and then watching in amazement when two people would fight over a shirt, but this was Kmart!
Tomorrow is going to be another crazy day in Hawaii. It is the grand opening of Nordstrom at Ala Moana. I am not getting anywhere near Ala Moana tomorrow or for the next few days. After 10,000 people showed up for Kmart's opening day, I can just imagine the madhouse.
I have to say that I am pretty excited about this store coming to Hawaii and am looking forward to shopping there. Hopefully I will no longer need to make so many online orders with all the new choices this store will bring.
In addition to Nordstrom opening tomorrow, there will be 30 additional stores, including Chico's and Lululemon Athletica, in the wing that attaches Nordstrom to Ala Moana and there will be a gelato bar located either in Nordstrom or somewhere in this new wing. Maurizio Grasso, who makes homemade gelato at his little shop in Honolulu will be providing the gelato at this gelato bar. I met him years ago while taking an Italian class. He is from Torino and makes great gelato. I am almost as excited about the gelato bar as I am about Nordstrom.
I know what I am going to be doing during my March vacation :-)