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Boulder County-based Lucky’s Market closing stores in Florida, pulling out of Lowry project

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 14:29:12-05

A little more than month after industry giant Kroger announced its plans to sell off its stake in the fast-growing chain, Boulder County-based grocer Lucky’s Market is contracting.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel is reporting that Lucky’s is closing all but one of its stores in the state. Florida is by far Lucky’s largest market, home to 21 of its 39 stores. By mid-February just one of those stores — the location in West Melbourne — will remain open.

“We’re obviously saddened by the news. It’s a great concept; people loved the concept,” Jason Rief, a regional store director with the company told the Sun Sentinel. The store closures will impact 2,500 jobs, the story said.

Closer to Lucky’s corporate home in Niwot, developers have announced that a forthcoming in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood will not be opening. Speaking on behalf of project co-developer Confluent Development, spokesman Andy Boian on Tuesday said that a Lucky’s location in no longer planned as part of the Boulevard One project being built at the corner of East First Avenue and South Quebec Street. It was the grocer’s decision, Boian said.

“So Lucky’s basically within the last 90 days told us they are not moving into Boulevard One,” said Boian, adding that the change will not impact the project timeline. “It’s full steam ahead. We are actually talking to another grocer. We open in spring 2021.”

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