Ohio is getting a new source of natural foods. Boulder, Colo.-based Lucky’s Market will open its first store in the Buckeye State on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 2770 N. High St., just north of Arcadia Avenue in the Clintonville area.
Columbus shoppers will find a wide selection of organic, specialty and gluten-free items, as well as made-in-house deli items, in-house cured and smoked bacon, local produce, fresh meats and seafood as well as a large bakery.
The Ohio store is the third for Lucky’s, a Boulder favorite that recently added another store in Longmont, Colo. Founders Bo and Trish Sharon met in culinary school, and founded the independent grocery in 2003 to provide a new “foodie” shopping experience.
“Just as we invite guests into our home, we invite our customers into our stores with the goal of creating a memorable experience,” said Trish. “As food lovers ourselves, we would want to shop at a store built on quality products sold at affordable prices with genuine personal service.”
Added Bo, “We are excited to bring affordable natural foods to Columbus. As trained culinary professionals, and downright foodies, we imagine our stores as an oasis of health, kindness and support. We strive to be active in the community and look forward to providing our friends in Ohio a new taste and experience to bring home to their kitchens.
“We seek out local, organic, sustainable and traditionally made foods produced with passion, values and community,” he said. “We hold these three core values close to our hearts.”
The Sharons say they avoid using such words as “natural” and “organic” to describe the foods Lucky’s sells, because those words often imply expense or exclusivity. Instead, they say they offer “traditional” items to better serve the community in these departments:
• Produce: The produce department emphasizes three components––local, organic and value. Lucky’s supports local farmers and organic foods, and is committed to selling produce that represents the best value in town.
• Meat: Lucky’s prides itself on selling “Never-Ever” meats, the USDA’s classification for meat from an animal that was never treated with growth hormones or antibiotics or fed animal byproducts.
• Grocery: Lucky’s shelves have launched many new companies. Lucky’s works with local vendors to help them build sustainable, successful businesses. The grocery department offers everything from 100 percent raw and vegan goodies to iconic breakfast cereals.
• Deli: Because Lucky’s was founded by two chefs, its prepared foods taste far better than what’s sold in most grocery stores, according to the company. The deli also will promote local Ohio products, offering meats smoked and roasted in-house as well as freshly prepared foods––vegan and otherwise. It also changes with the seasons, keeping customers curious as to what treats will be offered next.
• Cheese: Lucky’s offers more than 350 kinds of cheeses, gathered from local cheese makers as well as artisanal producers in the caves of Switzerland. The main objective is to offer a variety of cheeses that are affordable and delight customers’ palates.
• Natural Living: Customers will find skin care, vitamins and supplements, cosmetics and children’s products as well as traditional remedies. Team members at the natural living department are knowledgeable and are advocates in sharing knowledge with customers to help them make healthy choices.