Foodland plans Kapolei project
Foodland Super Market Ltd. Friday announced plans to develop a 4-acre shopping and "community gathering village" in Kapolei.
The development, called Kapolei Village Center, will bring a 36,320-square-foot Foodland supermarket with an adjoining Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and more than 20,000-square-feet of additional retail shops, plus sitting and dining areas. Staffing the project is expected to create 150 additional jobs.
The center will be located in the City of Kapolei on former Brookfield Homes Hawaii land in the new Kapolei Parkway, just west of the Villages of Kapolei. The site is across from the soon-to-be developed Mehana residential community at Kapolei and near the Leihano planned active adult community. Construction will begin in 2009 with stores expected to open in early 2010.
Community residents are delighted about the planned development because it will bring them more grocery choices, said Kioni Dudley, vice chair of the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board.
"We've been hoping for a second supermarket so there would be some competition out here," Dudley said.
Currently, Safeway is the only nearby shopping choice for Kapolei residents, Dudley said. Community members, who want more shopping variety, have to drive to Waipahu to shop, he said.
Foodland had received many requests to open a grocery store in Kapolei prior to going forward with the project, said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland chairman and chief executive officer.
"Our vision is to create a comfortable, warm and inviting place where the community will enjoy spending time while taking care of their grocery and other shopping needs," Wall said.