Even a Glamour Puss Can’t Shop in Peace!

Another icon from the past bites the dust. Ala Moana Shopping Center is quickly losing its attraction for some of us as it loses the stores that many of us grew up with. Pacific Business News reported a couple of days ago that Petland, Ala Moana is closing its doors. That does leave the one in Kahala Mall but that’s a further drive and I am not one for shopping malls anymore and will have to search for it to figure out where it is. The malls have become too crowded, parking is a nightmare and by the time Ifinda place to park I have road rage. Yes, it’s that bad.

Ducky and her things

“Ducky” is not one for shopping but she is one for reaping the benefits of what the pet stores have to offer. (She also likes to have her picture taken and gets in the way of the lens whenever possible.) Petland was closer than most of the other well-stocked pet stores. They carried just about everything you need for dogs, cats, fish, birds, etc., and had a lovely array of shampoos and things to make the felines and canines smell good and look good. I guess I’ll have to figure out if the Kahala Mall store is worth the drive and let everyone know.

I’ll wager the Ala Moana’s overhead is the biggest reason Petland has decided, after 45 years, to close up shop at the most heavily marketed shopping complex in Honolulu. Petland’s owner reportedly said they anticipated an eventual slow down in business. I was there the other day and was struck by just how empty the store was. I don’t think eventual is exactly the right word. It looks to me like it’s a little bit of both — too much overhead and not enough customers to cover the cost of that overhead.

Petland has been there longer than I have been alive! When I was little, I would walk from one end of Ala Moana Center, where there was one pet store (that vacated long ago), to the other end to visit Petland. It’s a little crushing for me to watch part of my childhood go out window and this is yet another reason to NOT go to Ala Moana. There is one less practical reason to go there now.

As Ala Moana sees fit to bring in more high-end stores, affordable Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club have opened just across the street, maybe a block away. Wal-Mart is very busy now! Ala Moana has become, for many of us, just a place for window shopping or emergency shopping; it has almost become a place to be avoided. Even the tour buses are busing tourists to Waikele Shopping Center — a good 20+ miles away. What does that tell you?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 A Bowl of Stupid // Mar 18, 2007 at 6:29 am

    Ahh, a cat picture. Nice. I see you’re taking my advise. Let me know how the cat helps your site traffic. I’m just glad I could help.

  • 2 Evelyn // Mar 18, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Actually, she was already here… must have been a feline moment for the online world. But, I couldn’t help but want to share and get in on the fun. Thank you fro visiting and for leaving your comment. I hope people do visit your story and enjoy the stupidity too.

  • 3 jacer // Apr 2, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Hi!! Gosh, this brings back memories.
    I lived in Manoa Valley, on Oahu, a hundred years ago when I was a kid. (My dad taught at the University and for some unknown reason, moved us to Illinois. Hmm, Illinois vs Hawaii…Hmmmm!!)
    Anyone have some Li Hing Mui seeds they could spare a girl????

  • 4 Evelyn // Apr 2, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Hi jacer! Come home already! We’ve got lots of li hing mui all over the place. Relatively recently we have started to put li hing powder on everything! I love it! On your next visit, be sure you get someone to serve you a li hing margarita and eat some li hing pineapple. It’s good. Honest! Thanks for visiting!

  • 5 The Other Petland // Oct 10, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    […] if you remember our original story when we talked about the Ala Moana store closing its doors and leaving us, you can see that Ducky […]

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