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Retailer Membership

Being A Retailer In Hawaii Isn't Easy...

By looking out for your business needs and interests, HFIA allows you to focus on what you do best: running a successful operation. Whether you operate a single store or a regional chain, you will benefit by joining HFIA.


Each year the Hawaii State Legislature proposes more than 2,000 pieces of legislation, much of which impacts the grocery industry in some way. Issues include transportation; employment laws; food processing, handling and packaging; alcohol and tobacco regulation are just to name a few.


All of these issues can have a material impact on your company’s bottom line. By being a member of HFIA, you can join your industry peers to help advocate for your business interests.


HFIA not only works on behalf of its members at the state level. HFIA’s local government relations team responds to local proposed ordinances as well. No other state association (grocery or retail) offers the comprehensive coverage of the important issues like HFIA.

Essential Industry Communications

Frequent HFIA communications keep members well-informed and up-to-date on essential aspects of the Hawaii Grocery industry. Members can follow the latest legislative and regulatory developments, market trends, emerging issues and new innovations through:


  • •   Hawaii Retail Grocer, our informative quarterly magazine
  • •   Weekly email updates
  • •   Product Recall Alerts
  • •   Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Disaster Situation Reports
  • •   Fraudulent coupon alerts
  • •   Members-only discount opportunities

Retailer Membership Dues are calculated on a sliding fee scale, based on type and number of retail locations. Annual Membership Dues for the Retailer category are as follows


Annual Retail Member Dues Cost Per Location
Convenience Stores
(Less than 10,000 sq. ft.)
$150
Grocery Stores
(Less than 25,000 sq. ft.)
$250
Super Markets
(Less than 75,000 sq. ft.)
$350
Big Box Stores
(Over 75,000 sq. ft.)
$450

Maximum Retailer Dues $1,250

Each firm holding a retail liquor license is assessed an additional $20 per store (max $160) for Retail Liquor Dealers Association Dues.

Employee Educational Support

The HFIA Foundation offers all member companies 50% tuition reimbursement for employees attaining a Retail Management Certificate - a program developed by the industry for the industry! In addition, all of HFIA's membership meetings contain an educational component and are a great way to inform members about changes they need to prepare for Our industry changes rapidly and you need to know about these changes in order to avoid fines and penalties.