International Market Place vendors leave their kiosks behindUPDATED 7:17 PM HST Dec 27, 2013Video Transcript
Place have just days left before getting the boot. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us with the latest. Nana? Yunji, Many kiosk vendors as well as loyal customers say they have bitter sweet feelings about the redevelopment of the area. michelle zellner 1935 THIS IS VERY SAD MY SISTER AND I EVERY VACATION COME TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT TRINKET TO BRING BACK TO OUR FRIENDS 1945 Many vendors will just leave their kiosks behind... Michelle Lam has been set up at the international marketplace since the 1980's. michelle lam - Michelle's Jewelry 1208 THIS HAS BEEN MY BREAD AND BUTTER FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS 1218 It's not only kiosks that are closing. Larger retail outlets are affected as well. Town and Country Surf has been at this location for almost a decade...not all the employees will get transferred to its other stores. Liane Anchas - T and Co surf 1439 IT IS SAD MAINLY BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE LOSING THEIR JOBS AND FOR A LOT OF THE TOURISTS ITS SOMEPLACE THAT THEY LOVE COMING TO. IT'S A TRADITIONAL PLACE 49 What will fill this place....centered by the picturesque banyan tree.. Stores anchored around the up- scale Saks Fifth Avenue Store. Officials with the Hawaii Tourism Authority say it's a necessary change--- as Queen Emma Land Company looks to generate revenue for years to come. Mike McCartney 39 WHEN VISITORS GO THERE THE MONEY THAT'S USED THERE HELPS TO SUPPORT QUEENS HOSPITAL SO ALL OF HAWAII CAN GET AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE 45 And members of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board say it's change to this 2.8 acres of prime real estate .... smack-dab in the middle of Waikiki... they've seen coming for years. Jeffrey Merz 651 ITS VERY UNIQUE THERES NOTHING LIKE IT IN WAIKIKI AND WHAT WE ARE GETTING WHILE ITS A WONDERFUL DEVELOPMENT IT IS SOMEWHAT GENERIC AND AGAIN SAKS FITH AVENUE AND A LOT OF MAINLAND SHOPS FOR BETTER OR WORSE BUT IT WILL CHANGE THE UNIQUE IDENTITY OF THAT AREA 707 Current vendors have to be out by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Property owner Queen Emma Land Company issued a statement saying in part... "the redevelopment of the International Market Place is anticipated to create approximately 1,000 construction jobs, and 2,500 permanent jobs, boost tourism, and generate additional sales and property taxes for the City and State."