Busy malls on Black Friday are a good sign for retailers – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-11-27 00:34:55 –

Honolulu (KHON2) — Black Friday has begun the 2021 holiday shopping season with optimism among the bustling shopping centers and local shoppers and retailers.

Friday, November 26th was a good day for retailers.

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MANAOLA store manager Kauhi Tehiba said he had a great day outside the store with a constant line of customers since opening the Pearlridge Center location at 6am.

Sreela Johnson, manager of Kahala Mall’s 33 Butterfly, said they were busy almost all day.

“It’s really encouraging to look out and see people coming and going,” Johnson said.

Hawaii’s president Tina Yamaki, a retailer, said this year, 2021, is very lively compared to 2020.

“I’m seeing more and more shoppers in malls and stores, and I hope they start buying more for this Christmas and holiday season, so it’s exciting.”

Hawaii President Tina Yamaki Retailer

From Pearlridge Center to Kahala Mall, many shoppers took advantage of special deals, but some were happy to go out.

Sandra Rehano, who lives in Mililani, said she has stopped by the Pearlridge Center to catch her grandchildren on the train since it was closed in 2020.

“Walk around and get out of the house and bring your children,” Rehano added. “And sales.”

“The new norms are very different,” explained Yamaki. “And I think people just want to get out of the house and return to normal life.”

Some things changed in 2020 as most malls (and stores like Target) remained closed on Thanksgiving Day.

“Before the pandemic, we had Thanksgiving shopping, opening at midnight, or door buster sales at 4 or 5 am,” says Yamaki. “We don’t see that much this year. Most malls and most stores opened at 6am this morning.”

Some retailers like Santa’s Pen had to make last-minute adjustments due to shipping delays. The owner, Karen Tonomura, said thankfully that it only affected some products.

“Items from the mainland didn’t arrive until late December and had to be canceled and it was too late to receive it. So when it comes to the outer design we have, it affects us. I gave it, “explained Tonomura.

Many want the Black Friday crowd to be a sign of the good things to come.

“I’ve seen fellow SMEs that couldn’t sustain their business because of COVID,” Tonomura added. “It was a tough ride for everyone, but we were able to survive, so there is a lot of hope for 2022.”

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Tehiba said they were grateful that they were still in Manaora.

“It’s a slow climb, but I got there. I’m very grateful,” added Tehiba.

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