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Thankfully (in my mind at least!) the Safeway project in the Puhi area is on indefinite hold.
However, there are many grocery stores other than Costco that you can shop at between the airport and here in the Po'ipu area.
Times at Kukui Grove is one - I seldom shop there myself, so can't really give you my impressions lately.
Here in the Koloa - Po'ipu area you have: Big Save, Sueoka Store - both located in Old Koloa town....Big Save is more like a "Safeway" type of store, while Sueoka is a local Mom and Pop store that carries basic goods as well as lots of specialized local goodies - they also have a Snack Shop that is just outside the entrance to the store.
Kukui'ula Market - located on Po'ipu Road across from the fire station - this is NOT in the big new Kukui'ula Shopping Village, but a smaller shopping area that has a dive shop, "Da Crack" mexican take-out, and the family owned Kukui'ula Market, which has lots of basic grocery items, as well as many local goodies made on the premises, a juice bar, and an area devoted to Sweet Marie's baked goods.
I don't consider Living Foods (in the new Kukui'ula Shopping Village) a grocery store per se - since it is very high-end and specialized. If you can afford to shop there for groceries, I tip my hat to you! lol Also there is Whaler's General Store at the Po'ipu Shopping Village. This would be a last ditch resort only since it is resort priced items - if you were desperate and had no other option, it would be there however.
Most people who live in this area (Koloa/Po'ipu) shop at Big Save, Sueoka Store or Kukui'ula Market, in addition to making "big" shopping trips to Costco.
Yep, Time market is alive and well. If and when safeway goes in, it will be at a different location as far as I am aware...not the same building.
Be aware that Times and Big Save are now the same store - and have the same ads. Personally, I find our store in Koloa more dependable for available groceries - at Kukui they tend to run out of items very OFTEN even though it is bigger. Koloa Big Save isn't a large store, but it will get you what you need with minimum fuss! It is also open until 11 p.m.
The new Safeway is slotted to go in on the property across the highway from Kilohana Plantation, at the entrance.Edited: 05 December 2012, 22:18
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