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Local grocer expanding at Pearlridge


    An artist’s rendering of the renovated look of the Pearlridge Center Downtown.

Hawaii-based natural food grocer Down to Earth will expand its presence with a new, larger, stand-alone store at Pearlridge Center as part of the center’s $33 million renovation project.

Additionally, quick-service food chain Five Guys Burgers and Fries, menswear retailer Lindbergh and Pieology Pizzeria also will open the mall.

Bank of Hawaii also will open a financial services center as part of the redevelopment of the center, owned by Ohio-based Washington Prime Group Inc.

Down to Earth will open in an expanded, standalone space next to Toys R Us, on the Moanalua Road side of the mall.

“This investment reflects our commitment to the Aiea community, which continues to support Pearlridge Center,” said Fred Paine, Pearlridge general manager.

Customers will be offered an “increasingly dynamic environment” for shopping and dining following the renovation, he said, which will be undertaken in phases from the second quarter of 2017 through 2017.

The mall will remain open, with officials pledging minimal renovation-related interference for shoppers.

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  • isn’t Down to Earth already by Anna Millers??? hope they’re not making a mistake moving to near toys r us…. less foot traffic from nearby shops. just another stop shoppers will have to make to shop there.

  • Don’t think opening a store in PearlRidge Center would be that profitable. With all of the Oahu rail construction most Honolulu residents and Waikiki tourists would avoid the drive out to Pearlridge due to almost all day heavy or even gridlock traffic made much worse by the rail project. Maybe Aiea resident shop regularly at Pearlridge Center but everyone else outside the area like Honolulu residents and Waikiki tourists would go to Ala Moana and other smaller but nearby shopping centers and W Oahu residents would shop at Kapolei and other shopping malls in their area. The Oahu rail project is destined to fail like the Obamacare Hawaii Health Connector and it is just a matter of time and how much Cladwall and special interest can extract taxpayer money before it is shut down permsnently. Cladwell, HART and Souki and the rest still have NOT talked about taxpayers costs to pay HECO to build and entirely new fossil fuel electric generator to power the train AND the over $100 MILLION per year (actually MORE) electricity bill to power the train given Hawaii has the highest electrical rates in the nation. Add about $300+ million in maintenance for a highly complex electrical and metal train and train track that will NOT do well in Hawaii’s year round salt-air corrosive environment and actual maintenance costs for the train to go from the Hoopili station to Ala Moana center is more like $1/2 BILLION per year FOREVER. No way Hawaii taxpayers can afford this without massive tax increases and severe reductions in government services to pay for this useless, ill-conceived, wrong design/technology, mismanaged from day one, train to nowhere.

    • Mostly off subject.
      Down to Earth is a non profit corp? How can that be with multi stores. Better to have wholefoods, better selection and better people.

    • Nice rant about rail there, did you know this article was about a grocery store?

      I agree with Willieboy though, I’m not sure how moving to a more isolated part of the mall is a good thing. I’ve never noticed that location being overly crowded before.

  • There you go! Now these people are using their atamas and catering to the local clientele! It’ll be good for all concern for the businesses and the local shoppers! Who needs Ala Moana Center!

  • Bad move to stand alone store, when currently boxed in by Bed Bath and Beyond on one side and Jamba and Starbucks on the other. Talk about the foot traffic they will be leaving behind.

    • IRT Rawipahu,

      Respectfully offering a different view,
      I shop at the Down to Earth stores, especially the one at Pearl Ridge and am glad to see the move to the other side of the mall. It offers easier automobile access and a larger store. I hope it is like the one at Kapolei.

      I personally feel that it will be easier to get to due to easy access from Moanaloa Road and Kamehameha Highway.

  • I think this will be a great thing for the Pearlridge Down to Earth. It’s a destination store, like Toys R Us is, so people like me go there with the intention of shopping there. Being by Toys R Us means that it is right near its own entrance, plus there is much more parking. I am excited to see this!

  • Thank God the owners of Pearlridge are doing a long-needed revamp of the Downtown (old Phase II) property. That place looked like a circus when it got revamped in the 1990’s and since then, has gone downhill into a ghetto style thing.

  • First of all that is a photo of Ala Moana not Pearlridge
    Second Down to Earth is already at Pearlridge. What maybe the store should have read is they are moving and expanding.

  • Pearlridge is already too congested, plus it’s royal PITA going between Uptown and Downtown, and now they expect that people will make yet another trek to their neck of the woods? Sorry, with H-3 making the Windward side much more accessible,, I’m more of a Windward Mall shopper anymore. It’s much more convenient to park there and everything is in ONE place.

    • Agreed. Always thought they should have combined both sides into one supermall. Plus the monorail will become anticlimactic with the rail in place.

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