After serving residents and visitors of Ala Moana for the last 55 years, locally-owned Foodland Super Market, Ltd. has decided that it will not renew its lease at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Foodland Ala Moana will close its doors on December 13, 2014.
All 66 of the store's employees will be offered positions at other Foodland locations on Oahu.
"Our company has operated a store at Ala Moana since statehood so the decision to leave the center after all these years was not an easy one -- especially because of the impact the closing will have on our loyal employees and customers, said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland Chairman and CEO.
"Yet, while it truly saddens us to say 'goodbye' to Ala Moana, the challenges and costs of operating a store in this location today made it impossible for us to justify staying," continued Wall. "We are proud to have been one of the original tenants of Ala Moana Shopping Center and are grateful to the center for working with us over the years so that we could continue to serve our customers even after our original location became the food court in the mid 1980s," continued Wall.
Foodland Super Market, Ltd. was founded in 1948 by the late Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan. It was the first supermarket to open in Hawaii. Foodland Ala Moana opened in August 13, 1959 with the opening of the shopping center and was Foodland's 11th supermarket.
The store was originally located at the area that is now the food court, and moved to the current location in June 1986. The store was renovated in 1995 and again in 2007 when it also included Beard Papa and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.