Lucky’s Market, a natural foods grocer, opened its new store in Ormond Beach on Wednesday, May 8.
In the former Food Lion site at 101 E. Granada Blvd., the new store will bring a wide selection of affordable organic, local, specialty and gluten-free items to the community.
The new Ormond Beach store was scheduled to host a bacon-cutting ceremony May 8 and present an Impact Grant to Provision Packs to provide bags full of meals and snacks each weekend for students-in-need at Osceola Elementary School.
The new store will occupy around 27,000 square feet and will employ about 150 people.
“We are more than thrilled to open this new Lucky’s Market in Ormond Beach and bring good food at great prices to more people,” said Liz Ruefly, the company's regional marketing specialist. “Lucky’s Market is so much more than a grocery store – we’re a community gathering place and community partner.”
Lucky's also will be donating to PACE Center for Girls, Food Brings Hope and Conklin Center for the Visually Impaired through its Bags for Change program, and hosting various in-store events throughout the year.
Ormond Beach Mayor Bill Partington said, “It is exciting to see, finally, a quality grocer in that area. It is like a man lost in the desert getting his first glass of water exciting. They are already such a good community partner. It is going to be a fantastic, new different experience for Ormond Beach residents, kind of an upscale experience. The offerings are healthy and fresh. They do a lot of positive things and want to be a good community partner.”
Rosemary Calhoun, a lifelong Ormond Beach resident and prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office, got the spark ignited to bring Lucky’s Market to Ormond. She said a couple of years ago she was attending the State of the County luncheon and happened to be seated at the same table as a Lucky’s Market real estate site representative. She questioned him about the company, which she had never heard of, and made a pitch for Ormond Beach. She took his business card, the city’s economic development team got involved and the rest is history.
Ms. Calhoun, who loves to cook, said, “I made sure the information from Lucky’s Market got into the hands of city staff. I was hopefully in some small way able to help my city. They were (initially) leaning a totally different way. I’m really pleased. I have heard great things from other people that have been to them in other parts of the state.”
The Ormond Beach store will be led by Melissa Bradford, who stated in a press release, “Ormond Beach is a town with an amazing sense of community, so it’s a perfect fit for Lucky’s Market. We’re excited to give everyone the opportunity to laugh while pushing a shopping cart and experience great food. We look forward to weekend cookouts with our neighbors and listening to local bands in our Lucky’s Café.”
Lucky’s Market features a large produce department, especially organics; in-house smoked bacon; house-made sausages; fresh seafood; and a wide selection of “never ever” meats from the butcher, which have never been treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. It also has ready-to-eat meals, grab-and-go sushi options, a made-to-order Ramen Bar and about 100 artisan cheeses from 10 countries.
Pressed juices and smoothies are made freshand an extensive beer and wine selection. Customers can dine in the market’s outdoor seating area or café area and grab a cold-pressed nitro coffee or kombucha from the tap. Shoppers can get as much or as little as they’d like in the bulk section that offers gourmet coffee beans, organic flour, freshly ground nut butters, trail mix and sour gummy worms.
An apothecary department has been designed to deliver a unique experience with a bulk DIY wall where people can buy what they need to make their own teas, salves, tinctures and healing elixirs.
Lucky’s Market also offers same-day delivery.
Lucky’s Market was started in 2003 by two chefs, Trish and Bo Sharon, when they bought a convenience store in Boulder, Colo. It now has 35 stores in 11 states. For more information, visit luckysmarket.com.
Store opening events continue with:
•Taste of Lucky’s, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, featuring live music, food samples and gift basket giveaways.
•Bags for Change through Aug. 17 where shoppers reusing their shopping bags can choose to get a 10-cent credit on their purchase or donate it.
•May 28 Impact Day in which 10 percent of the day’s total sales will go to Disability Solutions for Independent Living.
•Lucky’s Loves Local Vendor Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25, featuring specialty foods and products from local companies.