Here’s to life’s great returns!
The return of quickly grabbing a pound (or two) of your favorite poke to take to a pau hana gathering with family and friends, for instance. Or the return of picking up last-minute groceries, with the kids in tow after a day of back-to-school shopping at Ala Moana Center, for that tasty 30-minute-meal you just decided to whip up for dinner. Not to mention, the return of your cherished store to get snacks and grab-and-go food before heading to nearby Ala Moana Beach Park. And, finally, being able to get all of the above done once again with the return of your favorite locally owned supermarket to Ala Moana Center.
Hawai‘i’s largest grocery retailer, Foodland Super Market, Ltd., will mark its grand return to Hawai‘i’s largest shopping center with the opening of its new, flagship Foodland Farms on Wednesday, August 31. The best part of the homecoming? Foodland is returning to Ala Moana Center bigger, better and with a boldly reimagined food shopping and dining experience. The 47,395-square-foot store will be located in the Center’s Ewa Expansion, beneath the new Nordstrom.
All of us at Foodland are truly honored to be returning to Ala Moana Center where we were an original tenant at the Center’s opening in 1959,” said Jenai S. Wall, chairman and CEO of Foodland Super Market, Ltd. “Our team has dedicated the last year to creating a new store that will make our local community proud; a store that is not only bigger and better than ever, but also offers customers a whole new grocery experience celebrating great food and the tastes we love here in Hawai‘i.”
Foodland Farms Ala Moana’s culinary team is being led by a collaboration of local, O‘ahu chefs: in-store Chef Brian Nagai, in-store Pastry Chef Rick Chang, and overseeing the store’s prepared food offerings, is Foodland Corporate Chef Keoni Chang.
The flagship store will offer an assemblage of mouthwatering made-to-order, prepared and take-home-and-cook foods, plus everything shoppers expect from a full-service supermarket. An inspired floor plan combining multiple food and beverage stations and the well-stocked aisles of a modern market – all of it accented by contemporary design elements – will make the store’s massive retail space seem comfortably intimate to shoppers.
“The Foodland team traveled around the world to research and see first-hand how the grocery experience is evolving to meet today’s customer,” Chang said. “We’ve taken the best attributes that touched our five senses and combined them with our Foodland philosophy and sensibility to bring customers an exciting new food and culinary destination at our ‘grocerant’.”
Need a few pounds of guava-wood-smoked pork, house-made Portuguese sausage or ready-to-grill blue cheese bacon burgers to take to the afternoon barbecue you were just invited to this morning? Consider yourself covered. How about warm, fresh-made donuts to reward your hard-working office staff on a Monday morning? We’ve got your dozen (or more). Or maybe you’re just hungry for a couple of piping hot, thin-crust Naples-style pizzas, char siu-bi and bulgogi musubi, or a box of crispy, fried chicken with your choice of shake-and-take seasonings (think sweet hot sriracha or maple brown sugar) that’ll make you the hero of family dinner? Foodland Farms Ala Moana will offer all of this and more.
If that still isn’t enough to whet your appetite, the chef at the market’s grill will prepare skewers of savory grilled meats and vegetables, with sauces and sides of choice; a French-style rotisserie will feature all manner of roasted meats by the pound (turkey drumsticks and Puerto Rican roast pork, anyone?); and a hot food bar with more than 30 local comfort food favorites and unique new creations with a Hawai‘i-style flare (furikake mac-and-cheese with Spam – gotta have it!) will offer something for just about everyone.
A large, central poke bar will feature all the varieties of Foodland’s ever-popular poke, plus new poke creations (ever try a truffle ‘ahi poke?), poke rolls and bowls, sushi and musubi. The store’s meat and seafood counters will offer locally raised beef and prime cuts; freshly caught fish, scallops, oysters and marinated seafood; and take-home-and-grill burgers, marinated meats, meatballs and house-made sausages.
Foodland Farms Ala Moana’s bakery will delight your sweet tooth with made-fresh-daily mix-and-match donuts, plus tarts and tartlets, savory pastries, chef-baked cookies, house-made local fruit parfaits and more. More than 20 traditional and natural-flavored syrups, and extraordinarily unique dessert-inspired combinations will await intrigued customers at the market’s shave ice stand, while fresh fruit and vegetable juice blends, smoothies, a variety of spa waters and agua fresca, and a half-dozen kombucha taps will be available at the market’s juice bar.
Devotees of R. Field Wine Company will find Foodland’s largest outlet of the gourmet food, wine, spirits, cigar, charcuterie and cheese destination, anchored by The Bar, a wine-by-the-glass and craft beer ‘talk story”-style bar replete with a perfectly paired food menu featuring cheese and meat boards, as well as assorted antipasti.
Foodland Farms Ala Moana will also be home to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – featuring handcrafted coffee drinks, ice-blended beverages and new grab-and-go food items – an in-store pharmacy, and a floral shop specializing in fresh-cut flowers and custom arrangements.
In addition, customers exploring Foodland Farms Ala Moana will find a HI Steaks counter featuring popular steak plates with the enticing option of adding mouthwatering sauces such as chimichurri, kimchee and new barbecue liliko‘i. Exclusive to the store will be an in-house smoker utilizing a blend of kiawe and guava woods for serving up fresh, house-smoked pipi kaula, pork spareribs and chicken thighs, ready-to-go for püpü or a meal at home.
For the ultimate in customer convenience and service, the new Foodland Farms location will 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 and handy 15-minute parking stalls near the storefront. The store will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Foodland Ala Moana first opened on August 13, 1959, at the same time as Ala Moana Center and was Foodland’s 11th supermarket. The store was originally located in the area that is now the Center’s food court, moving to a location near the Center’s post office and Sears store in June 1986.
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