Safeway has signed a 20-year lease for approximately 50,000 square feet in the former Sports Authority space at Waikele Center in Waipahu.
As part of the lease, there are options to extend.
Waikele’s parent company, American Asset Trust, Inc. Made the announcement Monday.
“We are thrilled to welcome Safeway to Waikele Center,” said Ernest Rady, President and CEO of the American Asset Trust, Inc. “And we are committed to keeping Waikele Center squarely in the limelight of trusted and local Hawaiian shopping centers.”
“Waikele is an ideal location for a new Safeway with convenient access to the freeway and ample parking,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway’s Hawaii District Manager. “We are excited to be a part of the Waikele Center and create new jobs in the community. We look forward to welcoming residents and offering the best in organic, fresh, local and healthier-for-you products.”
“Safeway coming to Waikele Center provides the opportunity to once again change and enhance Waikele’s offerings for the community,” according to Wendell F. Brooks, III, Safeway’s broker and Waikele Center’s leasing advisor. “By adding a grocery store to the tenant mix, the center will transform to more of a ‘daily needs’ experience. All tenants, large and small, will benefit from the increased traffic.”
The store is anticipated to open in the third or fourth quarter of 2019.
Sports Authority closed all its locations in the U.S. in 2016 after filing for bankruptcy.