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Safeway Movin' Forward on Kauai

Safeway said today it has completed purchase of the land for its Hokulei Village shopping complex between Lihue and Puhi and is going forward with development of a new Safeway Lifestyle store and surrounding retailers. Sale of the property — a 22.8-acre commercial-zoned parcel at the corner of Kaumualii Highway and Nuhou Street owned by Grove Farm — was finalized last week.

Now Safeway needs to secure a couple of more tenants and according to the news release in today's Honolulu Advertiser, they are currently talking to fourteen potential tenants. If you look at the aerial overview below, you will see planned Hokulei Village on the left of the image. There are also a number of commercial lots for sale in what is known as Kukui Grove West. Despite the pricing correction that is happening in the residential market of Kauai, the commercial market is still strong because there is very little commercial space on this entire island.

It will be great to have another large supermarket in Lihue in addition to Star Market and Big Save. And then of course, there's Costco, whose prices are amazing but their selection is sometimes limited.


Safeway in Lihue

Read the article in today's Honolulu Advertiser, detailing Safeway's commitment to Hawaii and Kauai. Here's to the hopes that they are able to follow through in today's economic climate.

Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 4 commentsRonnie Margolis • May 07 2009 03:47PM


Hi Ronnie ~ I'm curious, are they going to build in green, sustainable features?

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 11 years ago

That's a good question Mary. Costco has installed a ton of PV in their buildling right across the street. We'll have to wait and see. It's a ways off until Safeway secures some more anchor tenants.

Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) over 11 years ago

Ronnie, it's a little hard to imagine the big chain stores in Hawaii!  But, hey!  We all need paper towels and all that!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Safeway has been in Kauai for a while now. This would be their second store on Kauai. The other supermarkets, Foodland, Big Save, and such are locally owned.

Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) over 11 years ago