Celebrating 65 years of Serving Hawaii
May 6 is a very special day here at Foodland as it marks the 65th anniversary of the opening of our first store – and Hawaii’s first supermarket – at Market City shopping center in Honolulu. The pride all of us who work here feel can be summed up in the words of Joanna Sullivan, wife of our late founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan who recently explained her excitement about our 65th anniversary saying, “I’m so proud that Foodland remains locally owned and operated and continues to thrive and grow after all these years.” We couldn’t agree more! With so few local companies left in Hawaii – and no other local supermarket remaining with stores across the state – we know how very fortunate we are to be around. That our company has come so far from its very humble beginnings is a credit not only to our team, but also our community, our customers, and the many vendor partners who have supported us over the years.
From its earliest days, Foodland relied on the support of many people. Senator Hiram Fong and his family who had purchased the land at the corner of Kapiolani and Harding took a gamble by leasing our founders space for our first store. Hawaii's two big grocery wholesalers provided merchandise to stock the store based on Sully’s promise that he would pay them back a week after the store opened. The newspapers gave Sully advertising on credit. Customers came by the hundreds to support Foodland and employees worked tirelessly to keep the shelves stocked and ensure customers were happy. And while the company grew quickly, opening a store a year for the next ten years, Sully never forgot that Foodland’s success was only possible because of the support of the people of Hawaii.
Sully instilled in us a strong sense of responsibility for our community and showed us the importance of working hard to make Hawaii a better place. We honor his legacy through programs like Give Aloha and Shop for Education, but most of all by being committed to making sure that “Serving Customers is the Most Important Thing We Do.”
So as we celebrate our 65th Anniversary this month, we think it is only fitting that we invite you to participate in our celebration. You’ll find we’re celebrating in many ways from great deals to new rewards and more! We hope you will stop in and see us, join in the fun, and let us thank you in person. After all, Foodland would not be here today – let alone remain locally owned – if not for you.
The countdown to Christmas is on and so is the scramble to find gifts for everyone on our lists. And while you may not typically think of our stores as a place to do your holiday gift shopping, we have some great offerings that are sure to be a hit. Here are some of my favorites this year:
1. For the traveler in your life -
Hawaiian Airlines Gift Cards are sure to bring a smile to the face of your favorite traveler! Available exclusively at Foodland for ... more »
If you’re out in our stores this week, you might notice our employees wearing new, bright green t-shirts announcing that Foodland was voted “Hawaii’s Best Grocery Store” for 2013 by readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Designed by Nelly Tang, a talented, young member of our creative team, the shirts are one of the ways we are celebrating and thanking our employees for the important role they all play in making this wonderful recognition possible. Foodland is a great place to shop ... more »
May 6 is a very special day here at Foodland as it marks the 65th anniversary of the opening of our first store – and Hawaii’s first supermarket – at Market City shopping center in Honolulu. The pride all of us who work here feel can be summed up in the words of Joanna Sullivan, wife of our late founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan who recently explained her excitement about our 65th anniversary saying, “I’m so proud that Foodland remains locally owned and operated and continues to ... more »
How excited all of us were to learn that we were voted “best grocery store” by the readers of Honolulu Magazine – for the second year in a row. This recognition means a great deal to us as it came not from a panel of editors or experts, but from the people who know us, our stores, and our employees best --- all of YOU!
For those of us who grew up in Hawaii, certain local foods always stir feelings of comfort. These are the foods we think about on a cold wintry day at college and the ones we long for after night upon night of eating out when traveling. Simple and unfussy, they are foods that make us feel good -- dishes we associate with the warmth and comfort of home.
All of us here at Foodland are excited to announce the arrival of the newest member of our family -- Foodland Kapolei. If this sounds a bit like a birth announcement, that's because opening a new store really is a bit like having a baby. Not only are there the months of preparation and planning of every last detail and the steps taken to ensure the new addition will be happy and healthy, but there's also the anxiousness, excitement, and ... more »
How excited all of us here at Foodland are that you have voted us Hawaii’s Best Grocery Store in the Honolulu Star Advertiser's People's Choice Awards - AGAIN. Your confidence and support is heartwarming, humbling, and thrilling — all at the same time. For a local company like ours, there is no greater honor than to have those people we work so hard to serve, tell us they think we are the best. Mahalo to each and every one of you. We feel truly blessed to have such great ... more »
"And the winner is ... Keoni Chang!" "YES!" I shouted and clapped my hands before I realized that everyone at my gate at the Charlotte ariport was staring at me. But I didn't mind. They probably saw my excitement and wondered if I had won the lottery. I was so thrilled — it felt like I had, or at least that Foodland had.
This month marks the 64th anniversary of Foodland’s founding, an occasion we look forward to celebrating with all of you. Each year, our anniversary reminds us of how fortunate and blessed we are to have great customers and employees who support us. Locally owned, family businesses like ours are few and far between today (in fact, Foodland and KTA are the only locally owned supermarket chains remaining in Hawaii) and we know our company would not be here today if it were not for all of ... more »
All of us here at Foodland were thrilled to learn that we were voted “best grocery store” by readers of Honolulu Magazine. What a tremendous honor this is – especially during a year in which we were faced not only with having to close our Hawaii Kai store after nearly 50 years, but also with mass merchants like WalMart and Target selling more food and our competitors opening new stores right near ours. We know that you have more choices than ever of where you do your grocery shopping, ... more »