POSTED: 05:16 p.m. HST, Jun 13, 2011
Foodland Super Market Ltd. will close its Hawaii Kai location on July 10, after nearly five decades at Koko Marina Shopping Center, to make way for a Walgreens store.
The state's largest grocery retailer with 32 stores said it has worked diligently to renegotiate its lease over the last several years but failed.
"Unfortunately, our landlord has made the decision to lease our space to another retailer," Foodland said in a statement. All 54 employees at the Hawaii Kai store will be offered positions at other Foodland locations.
Foodland was Hawaii Kai's first supermarket when it opened in 1963.
"The closing of a store that has operated for nearly half a century is very difficult for us," said Jenai Wall, Foodland chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement. "As a local company that truly cares about the communities it serves, we are devastated to have to leave this community after 47 years. Our customers are like family to us, and we will truly miss serving them at this store. We want to thank them for their patronage and support throughout all these years."