Second City Keeps Growing
By State Rep. Sharon Har
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On Jan. 14 I had the pleasure of gathering with community members, local businesspeople, fellow elected officials and representatives of Foodland Supermarkets to break ground and hold an official blessing for the four-acre Kapolei Village Center, which will be anchored by Foodland.
As our new city of Kapolei continues to grow, it is crucial that services and retail continue to expand to meet the needs of our residents and work force. I am also thrilled about the new jobs that will be created by Foodland and the other future retailers at Kapolei Village Center, and I know that Kapolei’s residents will appreciate the added convenience to their shopping routines.
The center will be located at the intersection of the new Kapolei Parkway and Wakea, Kuou and Alohikea streets. Located close to the Villages of Kapolei, the Mehana at Kapolei subdivision and the proposed Leihano Senior Village, the center is also in close proximity to the future H-1 ramps via Wakea Street, making it convenient to many of the residents, work-force and visitors to Oahu’s Second City.
Foodland Kapolei is scheduled to open in spring 2011 and will include The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf café and indoor/outdoor seating areas, in addition to full-service grocery, produce, meat, seafood, deli and bakery departments that emphasize local products from Hawaii. Locally owned and operated, Foodland is the largest grocery retailer in Hawaii, with a total of 31 stores employing 2,500 people across four Islands.
Along with the 35,500-square-foot supermarket, an additional 20,000 square feet of space in the shopping center will be available for approximately a dozen other retail businesses, which could include restaurants, fast food shops, medical services, or gifts, apparel and financial services.
As Jenai S. Wall, Foodland chairwoman and CEO, said at the ceremony: “We are excited that our vision of opening a new supermarket to serve the Kapolei community is quickly becoming a reality. In addition to bringing all the best that Foodland has to offer to this community, Kapolei Village Center will provide an inviting and comfortable setting where residents will enjoy going for their grocery and other shopping needs.”
Kapolei Village Center will be the only shopping center in the state of Hawaii to begin construction in 2010, according to Colliers Monroe Friedlander, which will manage and lease the center. It is estimated that approximately 150 jobs will be created when the center opens next year. Further information can be found at http://www.KapoleiVillageCenter.co m.
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