The Howard Hughes Corporation and Whole Foods Market announced today plans for a 50,000 square-foot flagship Whole Foods Market in Honolulu at Ward Village. Whole Foods Market in Ward Village will be the company's largest location in Hawai'i and will occupy the ewa makai corner of Queen Street and Kamake'e Street as part of a mixed use development. The project is slated to begin construction in 2015 with completion expected in 2017.

"Whole Foods Market in Ward Village is the perfect addition to our mixed use, pedestrian-oriented and bike-friendly neighborhood and will serve as an amenity for all of Honolulu to enjoy," said Nick Vanderboom, Senior Vice President of Development Howard Hughes.

I think bringing Whole Foods to Kakaako truly completes the walkability and community needs of the area, serving more than 2,000 units within a quarter mile radius.   Not only will Whole Foods Market make the community more attractive to affluent buyers and investors, but it will provide jobs and opportunities for local people. In 2013 alone, Whole Foods Market spent more than $8 million dollars on purchases from local vendors in the state.

Avid readers of my blog are always asking me about the lack of grocery store options in the Kakaako area, and I hope that Whole Foods Market coming to the area will put their concerns to rest.

Do you think Whole Foods Market will make Kakaako a more complete community? Tell me your thoughts below or email me at Holden@kakaako.com.

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