by Brian Lipton
Rendering of new store

Seattle-based specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. has opened the doors to its new, relocated store today at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, which replaces its previous store in the mall that opened in 2008.

The three-level, 186,000 square-foot store features new interior and exterior design concepts, a full-service restaurant and bar, cocktail lounge ,gelato bar five shoe departments, expansive cosmetics and accessories areas, new At Home and Trend Accessories departments, an expanded selection of Hawaii-based designers and brands, and other innovations.

“We are proud to have been a part of the community for 50 years and we owe our Hawaii customers a lot for helping us build our business,” said Brian Tatsumura, Nordstrom Ala Moana Center store manager. “We want to provide locals and visitors with the best shopping experience we can and we look forward to serving them even better in our beautiful brand new store.”

Earlier in the week, Nordstrom underwrote and held a sold-out opening gala with more than 1,200 guests and raised more than $120,000 for Aloha United Way. Funds are supporting Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii.

In addition, the new store opens on the five-year anniversary of the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. To honor those customers and employees affected and lost in the tragedy, Nordstrom is making a donation of $10,000 to the American Red Cross in Hawaii in support of their disaster relief efforts.