Experience Guam one shop at a time

by Guam Visitors Bureau
Stripes Guam

Guam is deservedly known as an island with a rich history, a place of vibrant culture and an exciting playground for adventure. For those who love exploring both the memories of the past and the possibilities of the present, Guam will not keep you wanting. At the same time, however, Guam also has an eye concentrated towards tomorrow and a committed dedication to living in the mood of the next moment.

Perhaps no industry on Guam exemplifies this mood more expressively and completely than our robust shopping and high end retail scene, where international fashion houses, world renowned brands, friendly retail staff and exciting tax free deals await, especially during holiday season at year’s end.

Tumon is undeniably the center of Guam’s fashion and shopping universe, with a numerous collection of boutiques within several stores including The DFS Guam Galleria, The Plaza along The Pleasure Island strip and the Tumon Sands Plaza. A brief walk or trolley ride along Pale San Vitores Road offers access to a world of style within the span of just a few blocks. Here luxury, elegance and fashion forward trends come together in air conditioned harmony, and the tune is always a sweet one.

Beyond Tumon, Guam has more shopping in store with three large malls: The Agana Shopping Center in Hagåtña, Guam Premier Outlets in Tamuning, and Micronesia Mall in Dededo. Each of these malls has a distinct flavor, and a different shopping experience is waiting within each. With an amazing amount of retail space to satisfy even the choosiest visitor to our shores, whatever one is looking for, it’s a good bet they will find it on Guam.

Furthermore, Guam has an ace in hand that makes it an irresistible winner with international shoppers: shopping on Guam is duty free. Tax free shopping just makes the game more exciting.

It’s as easy as ABC

Just another chain of convenience stores?

Not really!

With friendly store people, great service and large selection of items, we make it easy and convenient to get your favorite treasures, flavors and fragrances of the islands. We carry everything from deli, groceries, fine wines & spirits, drugs & cosmetics, gifts, souvenirs and local apparel.

Like most convenience store chains ABC Stores has multiple outlets; seventy-eight stores that span the Pacific from our home base - Hawaii to Guam and Saipan, along with our newest location - Las Vegas, Nevada.

Owned by Sidney and Minnie Kosasa, ABC Stores had its genesis in the 30’s. Sidney grew up working in his parents’ grocery store in Honolulu and earned a pharmacist’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley in 1942.

In 1949 the Kosasas opened their own drug store, and a chain of drug stores followed shortly. On a trip to Miami Beach Kosasa watched visitors shopping local convenience stores instead of the high priced hotel shops. He envisioned that Waikiki would someday be packed with visitors, like Miami Beach, and the ABC concept was born: stores conveniently located for visitors with merchandise sold at fair prices. Drawing upon his experience in drug and grocery stores, Kosasa opened the first ABC outlet, on Waikiki Beach in 1964. It stocked grocery, souvenirs, drugs and cosmetics and anything else a visitor would need. He decided to stay away from a fancy moniker and settled on ABC as a name that everyone could remember.

Today there are ABC Stores on every major island in the State of Hawaii and the ABC concept has been exported to Guam, Saipan and Las Vegas.

ABC Stores employs more than 900 Associates. Almost all the stores open 365 days a year from 6:30 AM to 1 AM. Ranked 37th among Hawaii businesses, ABC Stores sells more macadamia nuts, suncare products, souvenirs and other visitor-related products than anyone else in the state.

Just another chain of convenience stores? Not really. Making your stay on Guam a bit more enjoyable is what ABC is about!

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