UH’s athletic department can prove its business sense with today’s opening of the H-Zone merchandise store at Ward Centers.
While the on-campus facilities — Stan Sheriff Center, Les Murakami Stadium and Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Center — are run efficiently, UH has to chance to show it can handle the merchandise duties it has long craved.
H-Zone appears to have a solid plan, including using corporate partners to defray costs. The corresponding Web site should boost the store’s reach.
Now it will be up to UH to show it can continually produce attractive merchandise, meet on-line orders in a timely fashion, and do well enough to eventually expand to the trifecta of tourist-shopping spots: Ala Moana Center, Waikiki and Honolulu International Airport.
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Kimo Scott was H-Zone’s first customer: