Is­land’s new­est Safe­way ex­pected to open in 2019

Store on East Kame­hameha Av­enue will close

The Maui News - - NEWS - By MELISSA TANJI Staff Writer Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.

The new Safe­way store planned in Alexan­der & Bald­win’s Ho‘okele Shop­ping Cen­ter in the Maui Busi­ness Park is ex­pected to open in 2019 and will re­place the cur­rent Safe­way along East Kame­hameha Av­enue in Kahu­lui, a com­pany spokes­woman said.

Safe­way has ap­plied for a build­ing per­mit for the new store, with ini­tial value for the project listed at $10.5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to county records.

Safe­way spokes­woman Wendy Gut­shall said that the new store will be 17,000 square feet larger than the cur­rent Kame­hameha Av­enue store, which opened in 1983. The Ho‘okele Safe­way will be 57,400 square feet and in­clude a fuel cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment ear­lier this year from A&B.

“The lo­ca­tion at Maui Busi­ness Park will bet­ter serve sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties to the east with the added con­ve­nience of be­ing next to the . . . air­port. In ad­di­tion, the store will cre­ate new jobs in the com­mu­nity,” Gut­shall said.

The 94,000-square-foot Ho‘okele Shop­ping Cen­ter will be on the Paia side of the Hookele Street-Hana High­way in­ter­sec­tion. There will be other re­tail­ers and a drive-thru restau­rant, A&B said ear­lier this year. There were no other up­dates on the de­vel­op­ment of the cen­ter, an A&B spokesman said last week.

Nearby, the Pu­unene Shop­ping Cen­ter is await­ing sev­eral new ten­ants, in­clud­ing Fork & Salad, Domino’s Pizza, Maui Ta­cos, Planet Fit­ness, HMSA, Star­bucks, Mas­sage Envy and Ulta Beauty.

In West Maui, Safe­way be­gan its up­grades on its store at the La­haina Cannery Mall a few weeks ago. Pre­vi­ous an­nounce­ments said that the La­haina mar­ket will ex­pand from 37,650 square feet to 64,500 square feet.

The La­haina up­grades are ex­pected to be com­pleted in the sum­mer, Gut­shall said.

The big­ger store will in­clude a Star­bucks with seat­ing, a fresh-cut room with in-store pre­pared cut fruit and veg­eta­bles, a new deli and bak­ery, and a wider se­lec­tion of beer and wine, Gut­shall said.

There are two other Safe­way gro­cery stores on Maui — in Ki­hei and across from Bald­win High School in Wailuku.

Safe­way’s up­grades co­in­cide with La­haina Cannery Mall’s $18 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion project cur­rently un­der­way. Cal­i­for­nia-based U.S. Realty Part­ners, the man­ag­ing part­ner of the own­er­ship group, has said that the ren­o­va­tions will re­tain the char­ac­ter of the his­toric cannery but will up­date the build­ing’s ex­te­rior by re­mov­ing awnings and other out­dated ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures.

The work also will in­clude paint­ing and im­proved land­scap­ing.

The ren­o­va­tion will not add space to the 130,599-square­foot mall lo­cated on 15.6 acres at 1221 Honoapi­ilani High­way.

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