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Aloha and Goodbye: Walmart Closes Honolulu Store

Ash Jurberg

The retail apocalypse continues across the United States, with Walmart announcing more store closures, including an unexpected one in Honolulu.

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Sad news for shoppers in Honolulu, Hawaii, with confirmation from Walmart today that they will be closing their store at 1032 Fort Street in Downtown Honolulu on April 21.

Both the retail store and the pharmacy will close on this date, with the pharmacy working on transferring customers' prescriptions to another location. The store first opened in 2014.

Walmart owns the property on Fort Street but has yet to decide on its use after April 21.

"We are grateful to the customers who have given us the privilege of serving them at our Fort Street Mall location. We look forward to serving them at our other stores in the surrounding communities and on walmart.com Lauren Willis, Global Communications Director for Walmart Corporate Affairs in the Western US.

The store currently employs 169 staff, and Walmart hopes that employees will transfer to one of their other locations in Oahu.

There will be five Walmart stores on Oahu once the location on Fort Street closes in April.

The retail industry has been hit hard of late; over the last month, more than 1400 retail stores have been listed to close, with the possibility of more to come.

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