After 7 decades, Foodland is closing its Makiki store

After 7 decades, Foodland is closing its Makiki store
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Foodland will close its store on Beretania Street in June, after 70 years at the location.

The locally-owned supermarket chain said mounting repairs and maintenance costs in the aging facility prompted the decision.

The store will close its doors June 23.

Foodland opened the store in 1950; it was the chain’s fourth and now employs some 73 people.

All of them will be offered positions at other Foodland locations on Oahu.

“Closing a store we have operated for 70 years is not something we take lightly ― especially because of the impact it will have on our loyal customers and dedicated employees,” said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland chairman and CEO, in a news release.

“Yet while we are saddened to exit this location, the increasing repair and maintenance costs associated with operating a store in a 70-year old facility are no longer sustainable, and unfortunately, renovating this store to the standards our customers deserve is cost prohibitive."

Wall added that the company is hopeful it will be able to reopen in Makiki “in the near future.”

The decision comes as Foodland plans to open three new Foodland Farms locations over the next 12 months: At Pearl City Gateway, Ka Makana Alii in Kapolei and Kuono Marketplace in Kahala.

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