LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With deep concern for the people of Hawaii, Skechers USA, Inc. announced that the Company is mobilizing efforts to provide immediate help to the community of Lahaina and the larger population of Maui impacted by the island’s recent fires. The lifestyle footwear brand is committing $250,000 to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund to support the recovery of affected communities and is shipping tens of thousands of new shoes, apparel, socks and backpacks directly from its stores in Hawaii and from its North American Distribution Center in Southern California.
Along with Skechers’ efforts to help those in need, an employee-led donation of essentials will join goods from residents and businesses in Manhattan Beach, with transportation arranged by community leaders and Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery.
“This is a devastating event of massive proportions for Maui and all of Hawaii—the lives lost, the thousands injured, livelihoods impacted by destroyed businesses, and the history that Lahaina represents,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers, whose Maui Outlets store was lost in last week’s fires. “We have been connected to the people of Hawaii since our first Skechers store opened on the islands in 1998, and in Maui when we opened our store in Lahaina. I have walked Front Street and shopped and dined at many great establishments, just as many have in the Skechers family. As a company and as individuals, we want to help those we know, and those whom we know are deeply affected. We are committed to supporting these communities in this difficult time, and so this beautiful town can be rebuilt to its historic brilliance. Our focus now is to do what we can with the goods and means we have to aid the people of Hawaii in their recovery and to make Maui strong again.”
Following the loss of its Lahaina location, Skechers now has four stores in Hilo, Honolulu, Kailua-Kona and Waipahu. The Company also has plans to open a 12,000-square-foot retail store in Maui in 2024.
About SKECHERS U.S.A., Inc.
Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (NYSE:SKX), a Fortune 500® company based in Southern California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. Collections from The Comfort Technology Company™ are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and over 4,700 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
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