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Lucky's Market will open in abandoned big-box stores in Clearwater and Brandon

Some of the produce area at Lucky's Market in St. Petersburg, which opened on June 5, 2018. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
Some of the produce area at Lucky's Market in St. Petersburg, which opened on June 5, 2018. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
Published Nov. 15, 2018

Lucky's Market is tripling its Tampa Bay footprint, taking over parts of fallen retail complexes in Brandon and Clearwater.

Colorado-based Lucky's, which has been expanding rapidly across Florida, first opened in St. Petersburg this March. The latest additions with be in Brandon, as part of a redevelopment of a former Kmart at 1602 W. Brandon Blvd., and in Clearwater inside the old Albertson's space at 2170 Gulf to Bay Blvd.

Lucky's spokeswoman Krista Tovik said the Clearwater store is slated to open in the third quarter. The Brandon site doesn't have a set time table but is already under construction to make way for other shops in the coming plaza.

SITE Centers, a real estate investment trust headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, now owns and manages the Brandon property. The new plaza even has a revamped name: "Collection at Brandon Boulevard." Its one of 78 shopping centers the developer owns across the country. The new outlet will also have a Bealls Outlet and Home Centre.

It was suspected Lucky's would move into Clearwater once the company's master broker, Rick Lewellyn, was listed on an agenda as discussing renovating the existing property with a Clearwater committee that reviews building plans back in June.

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Palm Harbor's Avid Group sent a concept drawing to the same committee that showed 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.

The property concept made by Avid was designed on behalf of Tampa's Greenleaf Capital, documents showed.

The Pinellas County property appraiser's website lists an LLC with the same address as Greenleaf as the property's owner, but it was unclear Wednesday what may accompany Lucky's in the new Clearwater plaza.

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


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