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Could Lucky's Market move in to Clearwater's old Albertsons?

Some of the produce area at Lucky's Market in St. Petersburg, which opened on June 5, 2018. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
Published Jun. 21, 2018

Lucky's Market is considering a move in to the old Albertsons box space in Clearwater, according to preliminary plans filed with the city.

Lucky's master broker, Rick Lewellyn, was listed on an agenda as discussing renovating the existing property with a Clearwater committee that reviews building plans.

On Wednesday, Palm Harbor's Avid Group sent a concept drawing to the same committee that shows how the vacant building at 2170 Gulf to Bay could be split up: 31,800 square feet to the main grocery parcel, 15,000 to an anchor retailer and five smaller footprints that range from 1,400 to 2,400 square feet.

It also includes plans for a new structure, labeled as a quick-service restaurant, that would sit near an existing gas station.

The property concept made by Avid was designed on behalf of Tampa's Greenleaf Capital, documents show. On its website, Greenleaf lists properties it owns as John's Pass Marina, Tierra Verde Gateway Marina and a handful of plazas that include stores such as Publix and The Fresh Market.

Pinellas County's property appraiser records list the vacant Gulf to Bay property at a value of about $4.2 million and says its owned by an LLC in Nevada.

Colorado-based Lucky's Market and Greenleaf could not be reached Wednesday afternoon for comment.

While Clearwater's Building Plan Review Committee's agendas are open to public record, the actual meetings are closed to media. The committee gives developers the chance to ask staff questions about what they are planning, according to the city's communications director Joelle Castelli. She described them as preliminary meetings that take place before a developer submits official plans to the city.

If the plans are pursued, it would be the Tampa Bay area's second Lucky's. The first opened earlier this month in a former Sears box at the Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg.

Clearwater's Albertsons closed in May 2015 when the first wave of organic and speciality grocers started to open in Tampa Bay. Then, it was Trader Joe's and Fresh Market moving in to plazas.

Now Lucky's, which has said it plans to expand in Florida, Sprouts Farmers Market and Earth Fare are among the growing number of niche speciality stores keeping the grocery game competitive.

A Sarasota developer this week also filed plans proposing a Sprouts, or similar speciality grocer, take over a vacant Winn-Dixie box in central Pasco County.

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Contact Sara DiNatale at sdinatale@tampabay.com or 727-893-8862. Follow @sara_dinatale.

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