ABC Store in Ala Moana Center

They seem to be everywhere in Waikiki. And also in the Ala Moana Shopping Center. The ubiquitous ABC Stores, an operation that is aimed squarely at tourists and probably a very profitable business in the islands. Recently ABC Stores opened what I think is their largest store in Hawaii at the site of the former Honolulu Book Shop/Walden’s/Border’s Book Express location near Center Stage on the street level of Ala Moana Center.

I just happened to be by, camera in hand when I snapped this quick shot of the place lit up for the evening. I never shop at ABC since most of the items are geared towards tourists – sundries, disposable cameras, little batteries, film, cheap t-shirts, some tacky Aloha wear, gifts, sunscreen, sarongs, beach towels and stuff. Prices are generally higher than say, Long’s Drug where similar items and more are also sold, but usually at a better price. The tacky design t-shirts at ABC are cheap, sometimes 2 or 3 for $20. Maybe more.

Tourists like the stores because they are convenient and placed near or in the major resort hotels in Waikiki and elsewhere. There seems to be an ABC Store on every block of Waikiki. I think there is only one in Ala Moana Center and you’re looking at it (haven’t checked to see if the smaller location in the same center is still in operation)….

2 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

    i’m from Detroit, but i was visiting my bro last month and we stopped in at the Ala Moana Center… i remember sitting right where this shot was taken… there is another ABC store in there… Waikiki cracks me up because there really is an ABC store on every block, sometimes 2…

  2. Andre (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    Ah, All Blocks Covered

    I like the ease of getting Spam musubi after a day on the beach. There is literally one form of the store every block downtown Waikiki!

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