BY MORGAN LEGEL
One Plus Outlet opened in the East-West Business Center on Aug. 28. The store aims to bring to the market super-low-priced items for the home, personal use and those for children among its offerings, especially during the current economic predicament.
“Everyone we know has had a hard time; lots of people are suffering and have less money,” James Han, One Plus’s owner, told the Journal. “I just wanted to bring in some items at an affordable price so people can still buy necessities and then maybe something extra for their home or themselves.”
With a relatively short turn-over period, the 7,500 square-foot-plus location took less than three months from signing to opening.
“We talked to a landlord for the first time in May, and at that time, the space was planned for a medication or treatment facility, but we waited and it was confirmed to us on June 1.”
Currently, the store has eight employees, but is still hiring more.
Products range from toys, outdoor/planting supplies, bento boxes and tumblers, to tech deals, cosmetic/personal hygiene items, home décor and clothes, with every other product in between.
One Plus Outlet aims to be uniquely aware of customer needs. “If a customer needs something, and our price is too high for them, I encourage them to let us know, and we can see if we can bring it down,” Han said. “We want to be flexible and we want our product to be the best price on Guam, with the best quality as well — making it affordable for all of Guam.”
In Northern news, Uptown Pub & Grill’s relocation is complete, with the move to a 2,900-square-foot space directly off Marine Corps Drive in Yigo, a stone’s throw from its previous location. The restaurant opened for takeout on Sept. 2 and for dine-in on Sept. 13.
The previous location was to the rear of Yigo Town Center.
Owner Thomas Reyes said that while the pandemic was the reason for the shift, the move to Mari allowed the restaurant better visibility and the opportunity to expand the menu.
“We lost about 20% of customers lost because of hidden previous location,” he said.
But the relocation and renovation of the property has been a long time coming.
Uptown closed its previous location in August 2020, with no operations for more than a year until the new location opened in September.
“During the pandemic, it was hard for us rent-wise and then we weren’t making enough to even pay for overhead at that time,” Reyes said. “So I started working out the lease agreements for this location and researched how we would get over this pandemic hump.”
One way for the restaurant to recuperate was to expand the menu and lean more towards the food-side of the business, versus the alcohol-side.
“Just burgers and wings weren’t going to help us,” he said.
Uptown’s new menu is expanded to an a la carte menu, with seven to eight entrees, appetizers, a children’s menu and desserts. The restaurant also offers daily specials Monday through Friday.
“There will be more items down the line, plus our menu is still up for being worked on and seeing if we need to add or tweak anything based on feedback from customers,” Reyes said.
Currently, Uptown Pub & Grill has nine employees, and is in the process of hiring more.
Uptown had been at the previous location from June 2018 to August 2020.
In other business news:
- The building permit for the new Jack in the Box location, at the corner of Marine Corps Drive and Jalaguac Way in Tamuning, was approved on Aug. 24, and work on the property has begun. According to Donna Yano, vice president of Jack in the Box Hawaii, the new location should be completed by early summer 2022.
- Island Choice, a bottled-water delivery company, launched Island Choice Grocery, a free grocery and hot dinner delivery service.
Delivery is available island-wide and same-day if ordered before noon. There are daily deliveries to Northern and central Guam and deliveries to southern Guam’s on Wednesdays and Saturdays; additionally, hot dinner deliveries are offered Monday through Friday, from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
- Vons Chicken has relocated from across the street to the Agana Shopping Center and was set to hold an Oct. 1 soft opening.
- As previously reported, the Ross Dress for Less at Agana Shopping Center is nearing completion. There is speculation that a Jollibee will be erected where the previous Shirley’s Restaurant stood, in the lot in front of the shopping center, near Taco Bell. Agana Shopping Center’s operations manager, Michael Klepp, declined to comment. mbj