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Whole Foods opening another store in Honolulu

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 12:22 p.m. HST, May 06, 2014

Whole Foods has signed a lease to open another store in Honolulu in Ward Village at the site of the former Nordstrom Rack and Office Depot.

The upscale grocer announced its Oahu expansion during the release of its first-quarter earnings report Tuesday. It will be the company's third store on Oahu and fourth overall in the state.

Whole Foods said construction for the new 50,000-square-foot store, which will be the chain's largest in the state, will begin in 2015. The store is expected to open in 2017 and hire 150 to 200 employees. There will be 425 additional parking spaces developed in support of the store.

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busterb wrote:
Hopefully they hire the Office Depot people they are displacing.
on May 6,2014 | 12:24PM
mellishi wrote:
...recently, Office Depot was acquired by Office Max in a downsizing move of Office Depot stores nationwide, with stores that were close to each other. Office Max is located on Ala Moana Blvd., in Kakaako and Iam sure the workers will be given opportunities to work at that and other Office Max stores.
on May 6,2014 | 05:56PM
honupono wrote:
now if only trader Joe's set up shop in Kakaako.
on May 6,2014 | 12:29PM
aomohoa wrote:
A trader Joes would be awesome anywhere on Oahu.
on May 6,2014 | 08:52PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Perfectly timed to coincide with the opening of Hughes' two ultra luxury condos Waiea and Anaha. The Anaha units start at $880k and go to a couple million. Most of the Waiea condos will cost $4-$10 million plus that super penthouse.

These ar the ideal Whole Foods customers along with all those folks at Hokua, Koolani, Hawaiiki and Waihonua condos.

Won't see many red shirts there.

on May 6,2014 | 01:04PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
In 2006 when Whole Foods tried to establish their first store in Hawaii, they were coming up with iwi's at the Wards location. Gen Growth had an ahh ha moment and Whole Food opted out of Kakaako. With the demo of the Nordstrom, who's going to monitor what comes up?
on May 6,2014 | 01:37PM
mellishi wrote:
...no demo is planned, they will renovate the old Nordstrom Rack and the existing Office Depot, all under one existing roof... because the short guy in the square building on Beretania Street said it was o.k.!
on May 6,2014 | 05:59PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Is the extra 425 parking also on Beretania? Oh and the short valet.
on May 6,2014 | 06:56PM
iwanaknow wrote:
From the channel 2 news last night only Nordstrom Rack would be renovated into Whole Foods and Office Depot would be left alone.................did I misunderstand?...........does this mean I need to go to Waikele for the closest Office Depot or the one on next to Foodland near Dillingham?
on May 6,2014 | 03:37PM
pridon wrote:
Office Depot merging with Office Max and closing 400 stores nationally. So Fisher and OMX will still be in the neighborhood, although I expect one or the other will eventually be forced out by development.
on May 6,2014 | 03:45PM
Skyler wrote:
Fisher is a shopper's paradise to the islands' office personnel... hope they stay!
on May 6,2014 | 07:39PM
HD36 wrote:
In 2017 the price of an 8oz steak from Whole Foods might be over $100. The dollar made a five year low today against the British pound, a four year low against the New Zealand currency, and is heading down against the yen and the euro. Maybe it's because Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan revised last weeks 1st quarter GDP number from 1/10 of 1% down to -.08%. Maybe it's because the non farm payroll number of 288,000 assumed that 240,000 jobs were created assuming there were more businesses created than those that went out of business. The Brookings institute came out with the opposite conclusion as the BLS. The point being, that the dollar index falling means the dollar is worth less and food, being a commodity traded globally along with oil, goes up. If the Fed QE didn't work at $4.5 trillion, it won't work at $10 trillion, although Paul Krugman would disagree.
on May 6,2014 | 07:06PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The sky is falling again HD?
on May 6,2014 | 07:48PM
HD36 wrote:
I am now 50% sure they will start WWIII before the economic collapse in order to blame it on the war. I'm just saying what I think but I'm not the only one. I think it's better to be a realist and be prepared than a polyanna and caught with your pants down. Fact: They, I mean the central banks and their cohorts, have rigged the LIBOR market, the FOREX, through the Treasury Stabalization Fund, and the gold market through the bullion banks for at least the last 6 years. I hope you're still on this site in 2017 so we can see what the steak costs.
on May 6,2014 | 08:27PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Now all you GMO paranoid people can have another Whole Foods to drop your whole wallet in. Makes me laugh when I see people go into Whole Foods who look like exercise was a foreign word.....but they eat "healthy". LOL.
on May 6,2014 | 09:44PM
pistonxx11 wrote:
Nice that they're putting in 425 spaces for cars. No mention of a bike rack...
on May 7,2014 | 03:21AM
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