The 36,700 SF Walgreens Ke‘eaumoku Flagship Store is located on the corner of Kapi‘olani and Ke‘eaumoku, the center of Honolulu, known to many as “the corner of Main & Main.” For Walgreens, this bustling location was the perfect place to create their first-ever, new construction Flagship store. The store needed to support a more pedestrian friendly, architecturally diverse vibrant area. Since there was no precedent, all options were on the table—a rarity for a client of this magnitude. For the design team, this was a blank canvas, and an ideal opportunity to compose a truly unique space.
The team designed a building that was locally inspired, locally relevant, and architecturally significant to represent the Walgreens brand in one of Honolulu’s primary gathering places. It pays homage to Hawaiian culture in a modern and contextually appropriate way, using the Ala Moana region’s storied past—a popular fishing area—for inspiration.