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Lucky's Market plans further expansion into Florida this year

Lucky's Market opened its first store in Naples, Fla. The organic grocer has plans to expand in Florida. Photos by Justine Griffin, Times Staff Writer
Published Feb. 10, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — Lucky's Market, a natural and organic foods grocer from Colorado, announced it will open at least six new stores in Florida over the next 18 months.

The first Lucky's Market coming to the Tampa Bay area is opening in the summer of 2018 as part of a redevelopment project at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg.

Seritage Growth Properties, a New York based real estate developer, is moving forward with plans to demolish the 188,515-square-foot Sears store to make way for a new 151,952-square-foot shopping center, according to building permits filed in St. Petersburg. Leases have already been signed with Dick's Sporting Goods, Lucky's Market and Petsmart, with room for one more anchoring retailer.

Previous Coverage: Developer wants Sears out, Dick's Sporting Goods and Lucky's Market in at Tyrone Square Mall

The Boulder-based organic supermarket chain, which has a tag line of "organic for the 99 percent," opened eight stores in Florida last year, the closest to the bay area in Gainesville and another in Naples. Customers can sip a glass of wine or a beer while they shop at a Lucky's Market. They even have a handy cup holder on the shopping carts.

The six stores slated to open in Florida this year and in 2018 include Sarasota, Panama City, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Bonita Springs and St. Petersburg.

Lucky's Market stores include expansive produce and a prepared meals section, juice bars and bulk foods, apothecary departments, and a large beer and wine department.

Previous Coverage: Lucky's Market could be coming to Tampa Bay soon

Lucky's is entering the Florida market at a time when many other organic grocery chains are looking to expand here, too. Sprouts Farmers Market will open its first Tampa Bay area location in Carrollwood on Feb. 21. Earth Fare, another chain known for its healthy foods, opened its first store in Tampa Bay at the Seminole City Center late last year.

Contact Justine Griffin at jgriffin@tampabay.com. Follow @SunBizGriffin.

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