Businesses on Pohnpei open and close without warning as the local economy is a tough environment for any enterprise, but the ones we’ve listed here have been around for a while and seem relatively stable.
A-1 is a large grocery store on Main Street that sells groceries, imported produce, and general merchandise. The store used to be located down the street a bit in a tiny little shop. When the Truk Trader Company’s Wallmart folded, A-1 moved in. They have a smaller branch in Mwalok on Sokehs Island.
Ace Commercial Center, located near the movie theater just outside of Kolonia, sells a wide selection of both perishable and non-perishable groceries, fresh imported produce, and household supplies. Produce shipments are irregular — sometimes the selection is good and sometimes there’s next to nothing.
This local branch of the Ace Hardware chain, specializes in hardware, home improvement, household supplies, appliances, sporting goods, and general merchandise.
Located next to Ace Hardware, Ace Office Supply is a large facility that carries office supplies, electronics, household supplies, furniture, and general merchandise.
This warehouse store at the western edge of Kolonia, sells non-perishable groceries and frozen foods, general merchandise, household supplies, and bulk items.
This store near the waterfront specializes in hardware, home improvement, and household supplies.
Located on the waterfront road, this small farmer’s market sells locally-grown produce and fresh fish.
Down a back-road in the northern part of Kolonia, this store has a wide range of non-perishable groceries, general merchandise, household supplies, and clothes.
Palm Terrace is easily Pohnpei’s largest and most diverse grocery store with both perishable and non-perishable groceries, frozen foods, fresh imported produce, general merchandise, household supplies, and clothes. Produce shipments are sporadic — sometimes the selection is very good and sometimes there’s practically nothing.
PRD is the mother of all mom-and-pop stores. Located at the north end of Kaselehlie Street (Main) on the corner of Ohmine, this small store has found huge success (probably due to its location, expansive inventory, and extended hours). PRD is the place to go when you need something basic late at night when everything else is closed.
This local branch of the True Value chain, sells hardware, home improvement, and household supplies.
This is the largest local market currently in operation, selling fresh produce grown at Simon’s farm in Palikir and elsewhere, fresh fish, crab, lobster (on occasion), and other local food items.
This small store in eastern Kolonia sells non-perishable groceries, general merchandise, household supplies, electronics, and clothes. It’s a good place to go if you’re looking for Asian food items.