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.

Take a look at how far we've come:

1916

K. Taniguchi Shoten founded by Koichi & Taniyo Taniguchi in Waiakea Town.

1939

Establishment of branch store in Downtown Hilo - 321 Keawe Street.

1946

Tsunami destroys first store in Waiakea Town.

1953

Downtown, Hilo store converted to "supermarket" format.

1956

Downtown, Hilo store undergoes major renovation.  Includes Hawai‘i Island's first self-service meat department.

1959

Kailua-Kona store location opens.

1963

Kailua-Kona store renovated and expanded.

1966

Puainako, Hilo store (located in KTA Center) opens.

1975

Kailua-Kona store relocated to the Kona Coast Shopping Center.

1977

Puainako, Hilo store renovated and expanded into a "super store" format. Includes first in-store bakery in the State.

1979

First supermarket in state to fully install UPC barcode scanners at all checkouts.

1984

Keauhou, Kona store opens in the Keauhou Shopping Center.  First full-scale Deli deparment on Hawai‘i Island.

1988

Puainako, Hilo store renovated and expanded.  Expanded various "service" departments.

1989

Waimea store opens in the Waimea Center.

1990

A partner location, Waikoloa Village Market, opens in the Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center.

1992

Kailua-Kona store renovated.

1994

Creation of Mountain Apple Brand®, a private label promoting products exclusively grown or manufactured in Hawai‘i.

2000

Creation of Living in Paradise television show.  KTA's exclusive television coverage focusing on the many positives happening in Hawai‘i Island communities.

2002

Waimea store renovated and expanded.

2004

Puainako, Hilo store renovated.

2006

Waikoloa Village Market renovated and expanded.

2007

KTA Super Stores' website, www.ktasuperstores.com launched.

2007

Energy-producing photovoltaic (PV) systems commissioned at both our  Kailua-Kona and Waimea, Kamuela store locations.

2010

Downtown, Hilo store exterior and parking lot renovated.

2013

Energy-producing photovoltaic (PV) systems commissioned at both our Keauhou, Kona and Waikoloa Village store locations.

2013

Pharmacy opened at Waikoloa Village store location.

2014

Redesign of KTA Super Stores' website, www.ktasuperstores.com

2016

Keauhou, Kona store undergoes major renovation.

For a brief history of our company, click here.