Big Box, Big Mess
Love it or loathe it, the much contested, quickly erected Wal-Mart store on the infamous Keeaumoku superblock will open on Wednesday. Sitting on a $35 million chunk of prime urban Honolulu land, the $100 million building for Wal-Mart Store #3478 (and the second-floor Sam’s Club opening Oct. 21) is said to be the most expensive Wal-Mart store ever built – and considering the company’s checkered development history, that’s saying something.
Given Wal-Mart’s past success here, and the penny-pinching island lifestyle, people just won’t be able to stay away. But if you’re not a fan of crowds and traffic, you might want to… for a little while.