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Kailua-Kona Information Update for December 16th, 2020

New Safeway Kona opens in the Nimalu Marketplace with a large presence from residents all over West Hawaii on Wednesday (December 16th).

Niumalu Marketplace from Henry Street intersection

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team


At 8:00 am Wednesday morning (December 16th, 2020), Safeway Kona at Niumalu Marketplace began welcoming customers for the first time after moving from its old location at Kona Crossroads Shopping Center up the road above Walmart, which closed for the last time at 11:00 pm Tuesday evening (December 15th).

Safeway Kona is the first and only tenant to be currently open at the Niumalu Marketplace as of December 16th, 2020. Niumalu Marketplace (205,000 square feet of retail and commercial space) Management Group - JLL says a list of tenants will be released in early 2021 and as they working to secure and finalize leases with a few businesses.

Kumu Keala Ching presiding over the blessing on Tuesday evening (December 16th) courtesy of Safeway

Kumu Keala Ching presided over the traditional Hawaiian blessing was held on Tuesday evening to a private and limited group of people (mainly employees).

The new Safeway Kona is 63,000 square feet and features the following released by Safeway:

  • A premium deli department with a range of freshly prepared meals and ready-to-serve options.

  • A full-service butcher block featuring fresh cut meats prepared daily.

  • Our signature bakery with freshly made pastries, bread, cookies, and cakes for special occasions.

  • An assortment of organic, natural, and healthier-for-you choices throughout the store.

  • An exclusive line of Own Brands products, including high-quality food and non-food choices.

  • A dedicated pharmacy team available to manage your prescriptions, safely administer immunizations, or provide specialty care.

  • In-store Starbucks, staffed with friendly baristas ready to prepare your favorite drinks.

  • Contactless payment through the JustforU app.

The new store also added approximately 60 new employees with over half of the employees transitioning from the old store, bringing their workforce to 165 employees.

The new store is located at 75-971 Henry Street, below Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 11) in Kailua-Kona, the new store hours are as follows (including Pharmacy Hours listed below:

  • Store Hours: 5:00 am to 11:00 pm - Daily

  • Pharmacy Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday

Prior to Wednesday's opening, many companies and including Safeway employees from across the State of Hawai'i worked hard behind the scene to helped prepare and get the store ready for its grand opening.

Safeway officials say the construction of the 18-pump gas station and convenience store (C-Store) is expected to start in 2021 and open in June 2021. The C-Store and Gas Station is expected to bring on 10-12 new employees once opened.

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