Hawaiian Marketplace Demolished On The Las Vegas Strip
“Aloha” in Hawaiian means hello and goodbye. For the Hawaiian Marketplace on the Las Vegas Strip just south of Harmon, this “aloha” is the latter. The dilapidated shopping center has been knocked down.
The glorified strip mall was a bit of an oddball on arguably the world’s most famous road. While it was once across the street from the aged Boardwalk Hotel & Casino, that property was long replaced by the massive CityCenter project. Hawaiian Marketplace and its Travelodge neighbor to its north stuck out like a sore thumb in an area where the land recently went for $43 million per acre.
Featuring such classy establishments as Eat My Taco and a spa that will have fish eat dead skin off of the bottom of your feet, the property closed last summer. The new owner, Gindi Capital, bought the property for a cool $172 million back in 2019. The 2.35 acres of land smack-dab in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard seems like it is ripe for redevelopment.
What will the Hawaiian Marketplace land turn into?
Gindi Capital also owns the “Showcase Mall” further south on Las Vegas Boulevard. That houses Marshall’s, Outback Steakhouse, the Coca-Cola store and more… so a retail complex is likely. Back in August, Clark County commissioners approved plans to convert the land into a large 3-story, 300,000 square foot development that would make better use of the land and draw in some higher-end clientele (at least higher end than “Eat My Taco”). Their plans reserved the right to open a hotel towards the rear of the property.
Tilman Fertitta‘s planned (but delayed) resort casino is going to be built just north of the Hawaiian Marketplace land. Chances are there could be more in store for this prime Strip real estate.