Wholesaler Costco Whole Foods is expanding grocery sales in Hawaii, expanding into the region that is already home to more than two dozen national retailers.
The grocery chain said on Thursday it will start selling its grocery store in Waikiki in the coming months, starting at the same time it plans to open a second store in Honolulu’s King of Prussia neighborhood.
Costco will sell groceries at its existing stores, including its King of Pines store, which it has been shopping in Hawaii since it opened its second store there in 2012.
The expansion will also expand its Hawaii grocery footprint.
Costco said it is looking to add 1,000 to 2,000 square feet of space at its stores.
Its other grocery stores, which have been in operation for about 30 years, have about 1,400 square feet.
The chain said its new stores will feature better-equipped and fresher-looking goods, including a fresh-food market, a frozen-food store and a specialty store for groceries and beverages.
Costco, which has more than 40,000 employees, plans to double the size of its Hawaii stores to 50,000 by 2020.
The company is planning to open three new stores in Hawaii over the next two years, with plans to add a fourth to Hawaii by the end of 2020.
Costco recently signed a deal to open its first store in Hawaii in 2018, but the company has yet to decide on a location for the new stores.
It has yet also said it plans a second Hawaii store.
The new stores, with more than 20,000 seats, will feature more efficient displays and a more streamlined shopping experience, said Dan Johnson, Costco’s chief operating officer.
The Honolulu store will have a new food court, with fresh food and produce on display and a smaller selection of specialty items.
Costco has also said that its existing King of Paradise store will be converted to a grocery store, with a smaller variety of groceries.
Costco currently has about 400 stores in the U.S. and Canada, including locations in California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. The Costco franchisee program also includes the opening of a second, more profitable store in the city of San Jose, California, where it has more locations than any other grocery store chain.
The two stores, one at the University of California San Jose and the other at the Santa Clara University, will become the third in the country, and the third to open in California.
Costco’s first store opened in Hawaii more than 10 years ago.
The store in King of Princes is the largest Costco store in Hawai’i and the company also has a second location in Honolulu.
The King of Pisces store will open in 2019, with an additional three stores planned over the course of the next five years.
Costco is the third-largest grocery retailer in the United States, and its first stores were in Hawaii and the U