Daiei, Don Quijote

Daiei Tonight

One of my favorite stores in Honolulu that I have been shopping at has been Daiei. I have shopped for groceries and other items there for more than 20 years. Old timers will remember Daiei as the old Holiday Mart Store. Both incarnations were good. The store has offered a wide variety of grocery items as well as exotic Asian foods and merchandise.

With its new owner taking the reigns, things are beginning to change. The Kaheka store is being re-arranged with several departments moving to different locations within the store. New, higher shelving is being installed, and the aisles are getting narrower. From what I have read before, the high shelving and narrow aisles are characteristics that typify Don Quijote’s stores in Japan. The product mix is supposed to be varied too. Haven’t seen that happen so far.

Whatever they do with the store, I can only hope that they continue with the mix of grocery items, Asian foods and in-house take out food operations.

The photo above shows the Kaheka store with the current Daiei signage.

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