Down to Earth Organic & Natural announced it began renovating and expanding its Kahului store at 305 Dairy Road on Monday, Dec. 17. To kick off the project, there was a traditional Hawaiian blessing on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. followed by a Christmas party with pupu, drawings for prizes, and entertainment. The general public was invited to attend.
The Kahului store renovation will be a complete transformation. It includes an expansion that converts 3,000 square feet of storage space into retail space, for a total of 9,000 square feet.
"The bigger and renovated store will have many new products and will allow us to offer our customers a substantially wider range of local, fresh, organic and natural products," said Mark Fergusson, Down to Earth CEO.
"We will more than double the size of the chill and frozen department, nearly double the size of bulk food department, greatly improve our deli, and expand the wellness, grocery and produce departments," he added.
The upstairs dining area will be remodeled to better accommodate the free cooking classes that the store conducts every Tuesday night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. And, there will be a new outdoor dining area and better parking.
To improve energy efficiency, the new store will have state-of-the-art air conditioning, refrigeration and LED lighting systems.
The renovations and the new Kahului store are designed to have the "look" of the company's new flagship 10,000-square-foot store in Kapolei on O'ahu, which opened last year. The dcor will be inspired by the company's new logo and tell the story of its local, fresh and organic values, and its Hawaiian principles.
The Kahului store will remain open during the renovation.