Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan

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Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan (October 1909 – February 28, 1998) was an immigrant from Ireland who moved to Hawaii and was the co-founder, with See Goo Lau, of Foodland Super Markets, the largest and only locally owned supermarket chain in Hawaii.[1][2] The first store opened on May 6, 1948 in Honolulu, Hawaii.[3] By 2007, Foodland stores could be found on each of the four largest Hawaiian Islands and is the flagship of the Sullivan Family of Companies.[2][4] "Sully" also famously introduced McDonald's to Hawaii in 1968 as well as Dunkin' Donuts.[5] At one time, Forbes magazine rated Sullivan among the nation's 400 wealthiest people with a net worth of over $150 million.[1] Sullivan was succeeded by his daughter, Jenai S. Wall, as President of Foodland in 1995 and CEO in 1998, the year of his death.[2][3]

As of 2012, heirs to Sullivan's fortune are listed as among Hawaii's Top 10 Richest People according to HawaiiBusiness magazine.[6]


  1. ^ a b Lon Tighe (March 16, 1998). "'Sully' receives warm tribute from 2,000". Local news. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  2. ^ a b c Gordon Y.K. Pang (September 29, 2002). "Cold had role in Foodland's birth". Businesses That Built Hawaii. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  3. ^ a b "History". Foodland Super Market. c. 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Foodland Super Market Ltd. Locations" (Annotated Map). Google Maps. November 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  5. ^ Malia Zimmerman (April 27, 2011). "Hawaii Past, Future, Honored at New Aina Haina McDonald's Restaurant". Local news. Hawaii Reporter. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  6. ^ Dennis Hollier (February 28, 2012). "Hawaii's Richest People". Local news. Hawaii Business. Retrieved 2012-03-28.