The chain announced Tuesday it would be closing all but one — the West Melbourne store, so get familiar with U.S. 192 if you can’t live without it — of the 20 Florida stores.Discounts of 25 percent will start tomorrow, and most locations would be open until Feb. 12, based on inventory still left.
A letter posted to community blogging site Bungalower from a reader — and Lucky’s employee — said management alerted workers this morning that locations would be shuttering, and that Lucky’s Corporate would release a public announcement later this afternoon.
In December, supermarket chain Kroger said it would divest itself of the Lucky’s chain after originally buying in back in 2016. Industry chatter said Kroger’s net losses on Lucky’s reached nine figures.
The Hunter’s Creek location, closest to us in Osceola County, opened in October 2018. Orlando and Winter Park locations just opened in May 2019, and a store in Waterford Lakes near UCF gave the market its first store in 2017.
The organic food market, which became known for offering $2 pints of beer and $3 glasses of wine for sale as customers shopped for not-often-found organic foods and health products in a farmer’s market type setting — Ground elk and an exotic olive bar, anyone? — had expanded from 16 stores to 39 in three years, with more in future development and recently opened an Orlando-based distribution center to serve them.
“Organic for the 99 percent” is the chain’s slogan. We’ll miss you Lucky’s Market!