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Lucky's Market cements Florida growth with new distribution center

Irene and Grace Parietti look at bamboo shoots at Lucky’s Market in St. Petersburg. [Times (2018)]
Irene and Grace Parietti look at bamboo shoots at Lucky’s Market in St. Petersburg. [Times (2018)]
Published Jul. 2, 2019

Lucky's Marketing is cementing its growth in Florida by opening a central distribution center in Orlando.

The niche grocery store based in Colorado announced Tuesday it is leasing a 120,000-square-foot facility at 6375 Emperor Drive and plans to have it operating by the fall.

Lucky's, started by two chefs in 2003, has focused most of its growth in the Sunshine State. Of its 39 stores, 21 are in Florida. Known to be a foodie's paradise, Lucky's carries a mix of organic and natural products and a variety of prepared meals.

The new facility will support the company's growing Florida store count, which could reach about 30 by the end of the year.

[Read more: Will it be Sprouts or Lucky's that comes out on top in Florida?]

"Not only will the (distribution center) enable Lucky's to bring in more products and options, it will help decrease our cost of goods and help us pass more savings along to our customers," Stacey Dark, vice president of distribution, said in a statement.

The new distribution center will primarily house produce and bulk foods. Currently, Lucky's relies on centers in cities such as Atlanta and Indianapolis to keep its Florida stores stocked.

Lucky's Market made its Tampa Bay debut last year in St. Petersburg. It has confirmed new stores are coming to Brandon and Clearwater.

Kroger Co., the largest supermarket chain in the country, backs Lucky's Market through a private partnership. The supermarket company has handled Florida real estate deals for the niche grocer.

Contact Sara DiNatale at sdinatale@tampabay.com or . Follow @sara_dinatale.

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