Artist's rendering of planned remodeled exterior of former Macy's building.

by Down to Earth

Honolulu, HI (Feb. 6, 2017) -- Down to Earth Organic & Natural will relocate and expand its 6,000 square foot Kailua store into a 15,000 square foot space in the former Macy’s Building that is being re-developed by Alexander & Baldwin Inc.

The new Down to Earth Kailua store is planned to open in late 2018/early 2019.

“Our new store will enable us to provide a greatly expanded range of local, fresh, organic and natural products to Windward residents” says Mark Fergusson, Down to Earth CEO.  “We are excited by the planned expansion, and look forward to better serving the needs of our many loyal customers.”

This is the 3rd major project announced by Down to Earth in the past few months, Down to Earth announced its new Kakaako store in December 2016, and the relocation of its Pearlridge store just a few weeks ago.  “Down to Earth is growing and expanding” said Fergusson, “we have been working on each of these projects for many years, and they are all coming together and happening at the same time!”.

 “The new Kailua location, as with the new Kakaako store, and the new Pearlridge store, will offer Down to Earth’s expanded selection of deli foods, including take-home pizzas, wok fried Asian style bowls, vegetarian sushi, and an array of new salads, all made to order while you watch.  There will be sweet potato fries and deep fried multi-colored vegetable chips to accompany items on the sandwich menu, cold pressed juice, and an extended selection of take home soups. The deli will include the company’s acclaimed hot table, with delicious entrées, and salad bar, fresh juices and smoothies, a great made-to-order sandwich menu, fresh grab-and-go options, and a wide variety of tasty desserts made daily,” explains Fergusson.

Focus on Improving Health

"Down to Earth started almost 40 years ago with the aim of serving Hawaii’s island communities by providing local, fresh, organic, and natural products—and by promoting a vegetarian lifestyle—that all help to improve the community’s health.  This goal still guides us today,” says Fergusson.

Down to Earth carries a wide range of natural and organic foods and groceries including dairy products and local fresh organic produce. Down to Earth also has bulk foods, which allow customers to purchase the amount they want and save unnecessary packaging and marketing costs on a wide variety of beans, gains and flours, cereals, candies, and more. Down to Earth has natural and organic body care products and truly green household items and, according to Fergusson, “the most complete range of all-vegetarian and natural, vitamins, supplements, herbs, and homeopathic remedies available in Hawaii.”

About Down to Earth

Down to Earth Organic & Natural was founded in 1977 when a group of like-minded friends in Wailuku, Maui, turned their enthusiasm and passion for organic and natural foods—and their vegetarian values—into a small retail store.  It had concrete blocks and wooden planks for shelves, beaten up old second hand equipment, low ceilings, and painted concrete floors.  From those humble beginnings Down to Earth has grown and flourished to become an important part of Hawaii's community with five stores throughout the state (soon to be six with the opening of its new Kakaako location planned for late 2017 early 2018).  It employs almost 250 team members at five locations in Hawaii: Honolulu, Kailua, Pearlridge, and Kapolei on Oahu; and Kahului on Maui.  2016 is the tenth year in a row that Down to Earth has won the Star-Advertiser’s People’s Choice Award for Best Health Food Store.  For more information visit www.downtoearth.org