By  on October 21, 2015

Bloomingdale’s will open its first store in Hawaii on Nov. 12, bearing “a flagship” assortment with an array of exclusives and the latest technologies for better service, and exuding plenty of confidence in its ability to grab market share.

It won’t be an easy ride for the three-level, 165,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s Hawaii, at least at the outset since tourism is on the decline and there is already established competition on the island of Oahu. The strong dollar has been discouraging spending by international tourists in the U.S. generally, which has been impacting stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s, as well as Bloomingdale’s.

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