A newly renovated Malama Market Pahoa will open to the community on Wednesday, March 18, after being closed for three months.
The Sullivan Family of Companies said Friday that the grocery store is now in the process of cleaning, refurbishing equipment, renovating fixtures and moving back in to its original 10,000-square-foot space.
The store closed on Dec. 18, 2014, due to the impending lava flow. All products, equipment and fixtures were completely removed.
“We are so grateful to be able to reopen Malama Market Pahoa and serve the community again,” said Jenai Wall, chairman and CEO of the Sullivan Family of Companies. “Our employees are eager to return to the store and welcome back their loyal customers. We want to thank the Hawaii County Civil Defense team for their support and guidance over the last several months. We also extend our sincere gratitude to the Pahoa community for their patience during our closing, and hope our new store will make them pleased and proud.”
The store is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. following an employee rally and store blessing. Sullivan is also working with Aloha Petroleum to reopen Malama Gas N Go that same day.
Malama Market Pahoa will be stocked with new merchandise, including expanded natural and gourmet offerings and specialty items, and new selections in wine and spirits. Special deals, prices and giveaways will be offered throughout the week to celebrate the reopening.
More than 70 former employees will return to the store when it reopens.
Malama Market Pahoa is not the only business to resume in the area. HouseMart Pahoa Ace Hardware reopened on Feb. 1.