ST. PETERSBURG — The Lucky’s Market at Tyrone Square mall will become a Hitchcock’s Market, a chain that’s more traditional supermarket than niche specialty store.
It will be Hitchcock’s first Tampa Bay location.
After announcing it would be closing most of its locations, Lucky’s Market filed for bankruptcy and began selling off leases and assets to its competitors, such as Aldi and Publix. Five other locations will be taken over by Winn-Dixie’s owner Southeastern Grocers and one by Seabra Foods.
Lucky’s announced last month it would be closing 32 of its locations, many of them in Florida.
Lucky’s Market, known for its organic produce, craft beer selection and ramen bar, had up to three other stores in the works in Tampa Bay, two of which were in the middle of construction. Those locations are not part of any of the announced purchases.
Hitchcock’s Market has stores mainly in north central Florida. It opened its first store in 1945. The chain got its start identifying rural towns that needed reliable grocery stores. Now, it has 11 locations within the state. The St. Pete store will be No. 12.