Price Busters nears final closuresUPDATED 10:37 PM HST Jan 08, 2014Video Transcript
Six of the eight Price Busters Stores on Oahu have closed down The last two will shut their doors by the end of the weekend. Closing down the retail chain means nearly 200 employees will be laid off. KITV 4's Cam Tran show us what the company is doing to get those employees back to work again. It's all new at 6 ... NATS: 22:13 I GOT SOME GREAT UNIFORM PANTS I'M A NURSE AND ONLY FOR TWO DOLLARS AND I'M USED TO PAYING 20 DOLLARS. Judy Boulton was one of customers taking advantage of the 75 off deals at the Price Busters Liquidation Sale. But it's probably for the last time. This Price Busters in Kalihi and in Kailua are the only two stores left open on Oahu. JUDY BOULTON IN:22:46 THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A WONDERFUL PLACE TO SHOP AT REPORTER: HOW OFTEN DO YOU SHOP HERE? OH ONCE A WEEK! IN:22:38 I NEVER THOUGHT THAT PRICEBUSTER S WOULD CLOSE But indeed it will. The locally owned discount store will permanently close all eight of its stores by Sunday. That means 190 employees will be let go. 8:36 IT WAS SAD WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT, IT TOOK SOME TIME FOR ME TAKE IT IN Organizing the last of the merchandise and seeing the bare shelves has been difficult for Tabitha Williams. She started with the company 11 years ago and grew within the ranks to become a store manager. TABITHA WILLIAMS, PRICE BUSTERS STORE MANGER IN: 12:22 I WOULD SAY YESTERDAY TAKING THE FIXUTRES DOWN AT THE HIGHLAND STORE IS WHERE IT HIT ME AGAIN, JUST LOOKING AROUND THE STORE KNOWING THAT'S WHERE I STARTED 12:35 WIPES AWAY TEARS. However, the Price Busters operations manager says they are actively helping employees find other jobs by working with the state unemployment office and hosting a job fair. JULIE PLANT, DIRECTOR OF STORES IN: 4:38 WE HAD TONS OF REATILERS WHO CONTACTED US WHO WANTED TO BE PART OF THIS JOB FAIR, SO WE HELD A JOB FAIR FOR 100 EMPLOYEES GO TO THE JOB FAIR AND THEY HAD OPPORTUNITY TO DO INTERVIEWING ALREADY AND TURN IN JOB APPLICATIONS. 4:53 Stand up close: 21:50 the Kailua store will remain open through Thursday. As for this store in Kalihi, this Price Busters will remain through Sunday. The store manager says whatever's leftover after the liquiation sale, will be donated to local schools and churches. Reporting from Kalhi, CT Kitv4 news. PriceBusters says it had to close due to increasing shipping and operating costs. The store started on Oahu back in 1992.