Lucky's Market, a single-location natural-food grocer in Boulder, Colo., is planning an expansion that is expected to bring one of the stores to Clintonville by mid-October.
Lucky’s Market, a single-location natural-food grocer in Boulder, Colo., is planning an expansion that is expected to bring one of the stores to Clintonville by mid-October.Lucky’s ownership is working with a founder of Wild Oats Market and Sunflower Farmers Market on a plan to open six markets in eight Midwestern states during the next 30 months, according to the grocer’s website.
“Clintonville just feels right, is the best way to put it,” said Bo Sharon, president and co-founder of Lucky’s. “It’s a tight community, a like-minded community and supportive of each other.”
An attorney is in the process of getting variances for the proposed market at 2784 N. High St., site of a former thrift store.
Natural-foods stores are not new in this market.“Columbus has been inundated with gourmet markets” over the last two decades, said Jill Moorhead, marketing director for the Hills Market, a specialty grocery established in 1993.
Wild Oats Market opened on Lane Avenue in 1998. Trader Joe’s opened its first Ohio store on Sawmill Road in Dublin in 2001. Fresh Markets was next, in 2003, and Whole Foods Market, in 2004.
Food distributor SuperValu opened the first of three Sunflower Markets in Columbus in 2005. And Earth Fare became the latest national chain to enter the market, with a store that opened in the Polaris area last year.
Some of those national names have disappeared. Whole Foods bought Wild Oats in 2007, converting some local Wild Oats stores to Whole Foods. And SuperValu closed its Columbus stores in 2008, saying they were not meeting its goals.
While natural-food grocers were duking it out in the Columbus market, chefs and food-lovers Trish and Bo Sharon opened Lucky’s Market in Boulder in 2003. Bo Sharon had been a child star in Hollywood, playing Ron Howard’s son in the 1970s and 1980s television show Happy Days.
The Sharons’ vision “was to create a grocery store with a genuine personal touch that offered quality products at an affordable price,” according to the Lucky’s website. “Our foods cover the culinary spectrum of house-roasted meats, freshly prepared foods, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and otherwise.”
Over the years, Bo Sharon added a café, bakery and creamery to his grocery store. Since opening, Lucky’s sales have grown more than 500 percent, and the natural-food grocer was voted Boulder’s best grocery store and best local business last year, according to its website.
Patrick Gilliland, who was a founder of both Wild Oats and Sunflower Farmers Market, is CEO of Lucky’s Farmers Market.
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