HONOLULU (KHON2) — Foodland’s largest store will shut its doors this summer after nearly three decades in business.
This closures marks the beginning of a lot of change to come in the area.
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Longtime customers of the Sack N Save Stadium Marketplace location say they will miss their neighborhood grocery store.
“I was just so bummed out, because I come here mostly like every other day just to get dinner,” said Cheryl Puulei, a Salt Lake resident. “I’ve been coming here ever since it opened and I only live up the road, so it’s kind of sad.”
The company announced that this Sack N Save location will close its doors for food on Sunday, June 20, when its lease expires. The closure comes just four years after Kmart shutdown next door.
“Being a resident in Salt Lake and Aliamanu, I’ve been born and raised here and it’s just sad. I see everything closing down one by one,” Puulei said.
This closure could mark the start of many changes to come in the area with plans for a new stadium up in the air.
“It’ll definitely be different and kind of weird, because Sack n Save and Kmart have been here my whole life,” said Carley Anne Tanner. “I’m only 18, but it sucks that these stores I’m so used to aren’t going to be around anymore.”
Another thing loyal customers will miss is the convenience.
“For example, we’re making spaghetti for dinner and we had no parmesan cheese and two minutes down the road we just grab it and feed the family,” said Christopher English, a Salt Lake resident and Sack N Save customer.
Foodland Chairman and CEO Janai Wall said in a statement, “the losses we’ve incurred at this store are not sustainable.”
The store currently has 71 employees and they will be offered positions at other Foodland locations.
Salt Lake residents can get their groceries delivered from the Pearl City Foodland location after the closure of the Sack N Save Stadium Marketplace location. Only zip codes from Moanalua, Red Hill, Aliamanu, Halawa, near the Airport, and Stadium will apply.