Pearlridge

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Pearlridge
PearlridgeLogo.JPG
Address 98-1005 Moanalua Rd #231
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
Opening date 1972
Owner Glimcher Realty Trust
No. of anchor tenants 5
No. of floors 2
Website Official Website

Pearlridge (formerly Pearlridge Center) is the second largest shopping center in Hawaiʻi, after Ala Moana, and is Hawaiʻi's largest enclosed shopping center, located in ʻAiea. Opened in 1972 and expanded in 1976, the enclosed mall is split up into three "phases" (Uptown, Downtown, & Phase Three) and overlooks historic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. The property includes the only monorail in Hawaiʻi, the only emergency clinic located on mall property (Pali Momi Medical Center), and an eight story office complex (Pearlridge Office Center).

Complex[edit]

Pearlridge consists of two major shopping areas; one is Pearlridge Uptown and the other is Pearlridge Downtown. There are also two minor strip malls, Pearlridge East and Pearlridge West. The two major shopping areas are connected by the only monorail system in Hawaiʻi. Pearlridge primary anchor tenants include: Macy's (formerly Liberty House), Sears and Toys R Us. There are over 170 stores and restaurants with two food courts, and a movie theater complex with sixteen screens.

Pearlridge West[edit]

Pearlridge West hosts several stores. Notably, Hawaiʻi's only Circuit City was located here until closing in early 2009 following bankruptcy. The location was replaced by Hawaii's first Bed Bath & Beyond store in Fall 2010. Also, next to Bed Bath & Beyond is Jamba Juice and Starbucks.[1]

Stand-alone stores[edit]

Not attached to any of the main Pearlridge buildings on either side (ʻEwa or Diamond Head sides) of Pali Momi Medical Center are several stand-alone stores. They are Inspiration Pop Up, which took the space vacated by Ross' Dress for Less, Anna Miller's, and Toys R Us. Recently closed in the year 2012, Inspiration Furniture is now occupied by Pali Momi Medical Center. Two thirds of GAP, also closed, is now owned by Victoria Secret, while the other one third is currently unoccupied. And Borders, another major store out of business, is now being occupied by Ross' Dress for Less.[2]

Stand-alone restaurants[edit]

Pearlridge also hosts several stand-alone restaurants in the mall property. Pearlridge West hosts Anna Miller's and Bravo Restaurant, while bordering the Sumida Farm and outside of Uptown is Monterey Bay Canners. Downtown hosts Chili's, California Pizza Kitchen and Big City Diner. The former Sizzler's space is currently unoccupied.

Pearlridge Office Center[edit]

The Pearlridge Office Center is an 8-story office complex mainly housing financial and professional suites located towards Pearlridge East.

Sumida Farm[edit]

One other unique landmark of Pearlridge is Sumida Farm, Hawaiʻi's largest watercress farm. Currently it is on leased on land owned by Bishop Estate.


Nearby, a branch office of American Savings Bank is located opposite of Pearlridge East.

Transportation[edit]

Skycab[edit]

The Pearlridge Monorail

One of Pearlridge's most distinctive landmarks is the Skycab, Hawaiʻi's only monorail system. Connecting both Uptown and Downtown, it provides a unique transport and a notable focal point of the center. Rides cost $1.00 one way.[3] The monorail first ran on November 7, 1977, and was built by Rohr Industries.[4]

Rival[edit]

Considered a major civic center in West Oʻahu, Pearlridge rivals the larger tourist destination Ala Moana Center near Waikīkī. Pearlridge is usually favored by local residents as it offers local tastes in merchandise and services as opposed to high-end merchandise and services provided at its close-to Waikīkī counterpart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pearlridge Center." Pearlridge Center. Shoptopia Network, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2012. <http://www.pearlridgeonline.com/>
  2. ^ "Pearlridge Center." Pearlridge Center. Shoptopia Network, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2012. <http://www.pearlridgeonline.com/>
  3. ^ "Pearlridge Center." Pearlridge Center. Shoptopia Network, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2012. <http://www.pearlridgeonline.com/>
  4. ^ Given, John C. (November 8, 1977). "Monorail rolling (26 months late) at shopping center". Honolulu Advertiser. p. A6. 

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