Whether you greet the news with excitement, disgust or some less volatile emotion in between, by all indications the Whole Foods in Kahului remains on track to open early next year. The same can’t be said for two of the grocery giant’s other planned Hawaii stores.
One store on Oahu whose proposed size was cut in half last year (from two levels and 67,000 square feet to one level and 35,000 square feet, according to a Honolulu Advertiser report) is now in limbo because of issues with construction outfit General Growth Properties. Another Oahu store had to put on the brakes last year because burial sites were uncovered; the company now says that location is slated for a fall 2011 opening.
A third Oahu store did open in September 2008 and has sold actual food to actual people. Store manager Larry Hoover told the Advertiser that year one has been an “exciting experience.” Interesting choice of words…