A Safeway store in Honolulu is seen in this file photo. Safeway plans to open a 50,000-square-foot store next year in a former Sports Authority space in Waikele Center, landlord American Assets Trust Inc. said. Image: Eugene Tanner via Pacific Business News
Safeway plans to open a 50,000-square-foot store next year in a former Sports Authority space in the Waikele Center, according to landlord American Assets Trust Inc.Safeway Inc. signed a 20-year lease with American Asset Trust (NYSE: AAT) with options to extend, the company said. The store will open in the second half of 2019.
“Waikele is an ideal location for a new Safeway with convenient access to the freeway and ample parking,” George Glukfeld, Safeway’s Hawaii district manager, said in a statement. “We are excited to be a part of the Waikele Center and create new jobs in the community.”Safeway had been working on securing the Waikele location, which is between Waipahu and Mililani, since early 2017.The Waikele space was one of eight Sports Authority stores in Hawaii that closed two years ago during the company’s bankruptcy proceedings.It is located in a building that also houses Old Navy and Lowe’s and is across the parking lot from a former Kmart store, which is still vacant. A former Border’s Books and Music store next to the Kmart space was converted to a Gap Outlet.