After nearly two years, Foodland is returning to Ala Moana Center, and store officials say it will be bigger and better than before.
The company is planning to open its new, flagship Foodland Farms on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the center’s new Ewa Wing Expansion beneath Nordstrom.
The 47,395-square-foot store is three times bigger than its former Ala Moana location, and will offer a full-service supermarket, plus multiple food and beverage stations offering made-to-order, prepared, and take-home foods.
“This store has been over a year in the planning and we visited stores both in mainland and around the world to see what we could bring to Hawaii,” said Jenai Wall, Foodland CEO and chairwoman. “We filled it with all sorts of great things that we don’t have in any other Foodland. We have lots of prepared foods, pizza made in store, shave ice.”
Wall says the store plans to expand on its popular poke offerings with a large, central bar that features a variety of poke, plus new creations, rolls and bowls, sushi and musubi.
The store will also have a full-time concierge on duty, as well as a will-call service to hold customer groceries should they wish to continue shopping in Ala Moana Center.
It will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Foodland Ala Moana first opened on Aug. 13, 1959, at the same time as Ala Moana Center, and was Foodland’s 11th supermarket.
Its last location, near the center’s post office, closed in December 2014 when the company decided not to renew its lease.