Company Milestones

For over 100 years, KTA Super Stores has been committed to our founder’s philosophy, which is a commitment to humbly serve the people of our community.

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1916K. Taniguchi Shoten founded by Koichi & Taniyo Taniguchi in Waiakea Town.
1939Establishment of branch store in Downtown Hilo – 321 Keawe Street.
1946Tsunami destroys first store in Waiakea Town.
1953Downtown, Hilo store converted to “supermarket” format.
1956Downtown, Hilo store undergoes major renovation.  Includes Hawai‘i Island’s first self-service meat department.
1959Kailua-Kona store location opens.
1963Kailua-Kona store renovated and expanded.
1966Puainako, Hilo store (located in KTA Center) opens.
1975Kailua-Kona store relocated to the Kona Coast Shopping Center.
1977Puainako, Hilo store renovated and expanded into a “super store” format. Includes first in-store bakery in the State.
1979First supermarket in the state to fully install UPC barcode scanners at all checkouts.
1984Keauhou, Kona store opens in the Keauhou Shopping Center.  First full-scale Deli deparment on Hawai‘i Island.
1988Puainako, Hilo store renovated and expanded.  Expanded various “service” departments.
1989Waimea store opens in the Waimea Center.
1990A partner location, Waikoloa Village Market, opens in the Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center.
1992Kailua-Kona store renovated.
1994Creation of Mountain Apple Brand®, a private label promoting products exclusively grown or manufactured in Hawai‘i.
2000Creation of Living in Paradise television show.  KTA’s exclusive television coverage focusing on the many positives happening in Hawai‘i Island communities.
2002Waimea store renovated and expanded.
2004Puainako, Hilo store renovated.
2006Waikoloa Village Market renovated and expanded.
2007KTA Super Stores’ website, launched.
2007Energy-producing photovoltaic (PV) systems commissioned at both our  Kailua-Kona and Waimea, Kamuela store locations.
2010Downtown, Hilo store exterior and parking lot renovated.
2013Energy-producing photovoltaic (PV) systems commissioned at both our Keauhou, Kona and Waikoloa Village store locations.
2013Pharmacy opened at Waikoloa Village store location.
2014Redesign of KTA Super Stores’ website,
2016Keauhou, Kona store undergoes major renovation.
2018KTA Express – Kealakekua opens on April 5, 2018. Grand Opening event on April 14, 2018.
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Updated on March 31, 2023