Mahalo and Aloha Hawaii Kai

When Foodland Hawaii Kai opened its doors in 1963, it was the first supermarket in a young, but growing community. The store was our 15th Foodland – one that exemplified the vision and foresight of our founder in opening and investing in communities our competitors thought were too small to deserve attention. Over the years, as Hawaii Kai grew, new stores and competition did come to the community. Yet, through all this change, our store remained dedicated to its customers who had been so loyal over the years.

So it was especially sad for us to announce to our employees today that Foodland Hawaii Kai will be closing its doors. Indeed, it was an announcement we hoped we would never have to make. Not only do we have a strong desire to remain in Hawaii Kai and continue to serve our customers, but we believe – as so many of our customers have told us – that the community benefits from having a local supermarket nearby. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, our landlord has decided to lease our space to another retailer. Our last day of business will be July 10, 2011.

Those of you who know the great group of employees we have in Hawaii Kai are no doubt concerned about their welfare. And we want to assure you that we are too. All of our Hawaii Kai employees will be offered positions at other locations and we will be meeting with them individually over the next few weeks to finalize their assignments. As challenging as we know this change will be for them, we are happy that they will remain part of our Foodland family.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our many customers of Foodland Hawaii Kai for their loyal patronage over the years. Forty-seven years is a long time, and we are proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you. Mahalo for shopping with us. Please know that we will be making every effort to find a way to return to Hawaii Kai sometime in the near future.

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Thank you for your feedback Wchiro. We are currently exploring our different options in Hawaii Kai and hope to return to the Hawaii Kai community as soon as possible. Mahalo.

Has anyone considered the Kalama Village shopping center for a Foodland store? It's very under-utilized and has a large parking lot.

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