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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 5 years ago

Lucky's Market coming to Winter Park area

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A new market coming to Winter Park looks to bring something fun and unique, from a made-to-order ramen bar to a tempting sip and stroll program where shoppers can drink while perusing produce.
by: Tim Freed Managing Editor

A growing grocery store concept will be sprouting up in the Winter Park area in the spring of 2018.

Colorado-based Lucky’s Market is replacing the old Winn-Dixie just outside the city limits at 7542 University Blvd. The market has branded itself as a place where patrons can get healthy, organic food, but shop in a down-to-Earth atmosphere that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

“We believe in providing good food to everybody, regardless of any barriers that may come between them and a good food experience and a good store experience,” said Kristen Tetrick, director of marketing and community impact for Lucky’s Market. “We like to have store experiences be really casual and welcoming and the environment to be just relaxed and fun.”

Tetrick added that Lucky’s is run by devout foodies. Locations feature an in-house smoked bacon program, a large variety of house-made sausages, fresh seafood, local produce, a bakery, a made-to-order ramen bar, a juice bar and a café. 

A butcher serves “never-ever” meats, which means they’ve never been treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. Lucky’s even offers a sip-and-stroll program, where patrons can drink a $2 pint of beer or a $4 glass of wine while shopping.

“We’re really sort of looking to create this kind of easygoing, welcoming, relaxed environment that opens the door to really great, fresh, affordable food,” Tetrick said.

The Lucky’s Market concept, which comes from Boulder, Colorado, was started in 2003 by two chefs: Trish and Bo Sharon. The couple always shopped at health food stores and farmers markets to find the freshest produce, but they also went to conventional stores to get their traditional ingredients. 

Tetrick said Winter Park is a great fit for a Lucky’s Market location, based on the success the company has seen with its other Florida locations.

“We really like our Florida communities,” she said. “We currently have a store in Orlando, and we feel that it’s a good market for us, so we’re expanding in that area.” 

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Tim Freed is the Managing Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. He previously spent six years covering the Winter Park/Maitland area and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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