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Pier 1 Imports Prepares for Grand Opening

March 16, 2015, 9:54 AM HST
* Updated March 16, 9:56 AM
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Pier 1 Imports is opening in the Prince Kuhio Plaza on March 20 at 9:30 a.m. and the details of the grand opening have been released.

The 10,538 square foot Prince Kuhio Plaza location will be the eighth Pier 1 in the state and the second on the Big Island.

About 20 employees will support the store opening, led by store manager Michelle Jerden. The number of employees will vary depending on season and needs of business.

“As part of our continued commitment to the Hawai’i community, we are pleased to bring this new Pier 1 Imports to the east side of Hawai’i Island,” said Alex W. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pier 1 Imports. “Pier 1 Imports offers merchandise that fits all decorating styles, as well as a broad array of affordable holiday décor, furniture and gifts, and we look forward to continuing to share our unique shopping experience with the residents and visitors of Hawai’i.”

On March 20, the grand opening of the store will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony, led by Kahu Mark Saito of Hana Wellness. The store will open its doors for the first time to the public at 10 a.m. During the opening ceremony, the untying of maile lei will take place, along with entertainment by Hula Halau O Kou Lima Nani ‘E and Ben Kaili & Friends.

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The first 300 shoppers will receive giveaways, including cookies from Big Island Delights, a free Pier 1 reusable bag, and a signature back scratcher. Additional festivities will go on throughout the day.

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Pier 1 believes in dedicating support to the communities where associates live and world, in addition to the international community that imports much of the store’s merchandise. More than $59 million has been donated by the company to philanthropic organizations since 1985.

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