Lucky’s Market joins South Florida’s busy grocery scene

An organic grocery chain with roots in Colorado has set an opening date for its first store in South Florida, where it will join an increasingly competitive grocery market.

Lucky’s Market plans to open March 23 at 9200 Wiles Road in Coral Springs’ Royal Eagle Plaza.

The 32,000-square-foot store will sell natural, organic and gluten-free food. Shoppers will be able to pick up cured and smoked bacon, baked goods, seafood and “never ever” meats — which Lucky’s Market says have never been treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones.

Jason Falcone will manage the Coral Springs store, bringing with him eight years of experience in the grocery industry.

“I have a passion for healthy living, fitness and cooking, and I’m proud to lead our new Coral Springs store and help make natural and organic food more affordable to people in the area,” said Falcone, whose store is expected to create 160 jobs.

Lucky’s Market, based in Boulder, Colo., has 16 stores nationwide, including two in Florida, in Naples and Gainesville. Three others are planned for the Sunshine State: one in Plantation, expected to open in the third quarter of the year; another in Orlando, projected for the middle of the year; and Melbourne, where a timeframe has not been announced.

The 31,500-square-foot Plantation shop at 7700 Peters Road was scheduled to open last fall, but its opening was pushed back due to construction delays, Lucky’s Market said. It’s projected to employ about 170 people.

Other grocery chains are expanding just as quickly in South Florida.

Small local chains Tunie’s and Doris Italian Market have been opening stores, eager to attract South Florida’s growing population hungry for affordable and organic food. Tunie’s added a store in Fort Lauderdale last year. Last month, Doris Italian Market Bakery opened another shop in North Palm Beach. Bigger players Whole Foods Market, Aldi and Publix also are stepping in with more stores.

Chefs Trish and Bo Sharon started Lucky’s in 2003. Their goal has been to create stores where food lovers want to shop.

Lucky’s Market plans to mark its Coral Springs grand opening with a bacon-cutting ceremony and donation of more than $10,000 to two nonprofits: ScentsAbility, an organization that helps individuals with special needs learn job skills and independence, and LifeNet4Families, which provides hot meals to people in need in Broward County.

mvalverde@tribune.com

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