Tackling a long list of classroom supplies in preparation for the upcoming school year just got a little easier here on Lanai.
In past years, many families with students at LHES have had to make a trip to Maui or take advantage of online offers to replace worn backpacks, or stock up on pencils and notepads. Now, they can conveniently shop on Dole Square, where Richard’s Market will be setting up a 10-day pop-up shop for back-to-school basics.
Following the popular retail trend which involves “popping up” in a temporary venue for a limited timeframe, Richard’s plans to bring seasonal products to Lanai residents throughout the year, starting with everything students will need to prepare for their first day of school.
What’s in Store at Richard’s Pop-Up
“Richard’s Market has been serving the community since 1946, but this is a completely different concept for us,” said the market’s assistant manager, Monty Agcaoili. “So it’s very exciting to be bringing it to our friends and neighbors.”
The pop-up will be well stocked with plenty of necessities for all grade levels, including notebooks and composition books, pens, pencils, lunch bags and backpacks. In fact, nearly all of the items on the elementary school supply list and middle school supply list can be found at the Richard’s Market Seasonal Store.
In addition to the basics, parents will find supplies for younger keiki, as well as teens. Elementary school children will have everything they need for arts and crafts time, such as markers, crayons and glue sticks. High school students will find their technology needs met with USB cords and flash drives.
The shop will open its doors on Dole Square across from the new play structure next Friday, July 24, for just 10 days. Visit from noon–7 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends, from July 24 to Aug. 2.
Sneak Peek at Upcoming Seasonal Shops
Richard’s plans to bring the pop-up back to feature Halloween costumes and props in October, and holiday decorations in December, with details to come a few weeks beforehand.
“That’s the nature of the pop-up,” Agcaoili said with a laugh. “It might be in a different location, open at different times. It allows us to be flexible and creative, to experiment and meet the needs of the community at the same time.”