Boulder, Colorado-based Lucky’s Market, a natural foods grocer, is opening a new store in OakLeaf Station on Wednesday, May 22. Located at 8380 Merchants Way in Southwest Jacksonville, Florida, the new store will bring a wider selection of affordable organic, local, specialty and gluten-free items to the surrounding community.
Lucky’s Market opened a store in Neptune Beach, Florida, in December 2016 and currently operates 18 stores in the state.
The new Oakleaf store will host a bacon-cutting ceremony on May 22 at 10 a.m. and will present two Impact Grants to local nonprofits Sanctuary on 8th and Groundwork Center Jacksonville. Sanctuary on 8th Street will receive a grant to purchase benches, podiums, chalk boards, a shade sail and other supplies necessary to build an outdoor classroom for the children in its after-school and summer programs.
Groundwork Center Jacksonville will receive a grant to support the Green Team Youth Corps, a program where teens learn about environmental initiatives while participating in hands-on restoration projects throughout Jacksonville. Funds from the Impact Grant will cover costs associated with: safety supplies, bus passes and bike repair kits for teens with transportation challenges, food during Green Team trips and more for 22 teens.
Other special events planned around the store opening include:
- Taste of Lucky’s on Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring live music, some of Lucky’s Market’s favorite vendors, 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 to donate to their local non-profit organization of choice including: Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC), Clay County Literacy Coalition or Aging True.
- June 11 Impact Day in which 10 percent of the day’s total sales will go to PACE Center for Girls.
- Lucky’s Loves Local Vendor Fair, Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring specialty foods and products from local companies.
The Oakleaf store will be led by Keith Kondracki who has more than 20 years of experience in the grocery industry and has lived in the Jacksonville area for almost five years. He loves to play golf and attend as many Jacksonville Jaguar, Jumbo Shrimp and Iceman games with his family as humanly possible.
“I am excited to help lead the opening of the first natural grocer in the OakLeaf area,” Kondracki said. “I look forward to being able to offer our customers, my neighbors and my family top-quality foods at affordable prices—all in a very fun environment!”
The heart of Lucky’s Market stores is the produce department, stocked with everything from produce favorites to exotic tropical fruits and seasonal, local and organic produce options. Shoppers also will find Lucky’s signature in-house smoked bacon, a large variety of house-made sausages, fresh seafood and a wide selection of “never ever” meats from the in-house butcher, which have never been treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones.
Customers at both stores also will find a department filled with ready-to-eat meals, made from scratch daily inside the store as well as fresh grab-and-go sushi options and a new made-to-order ramen bar using the freshest ingredients available. Close to 100 artisan cheeses from 10 countries and a large selection of fine charcuterie items and fresh olives can be found in the Lucky’s Cheese Shop.
Pressed juices and smoothies are made fresh throughout the day, and the store has an extensive beer and wine selection. Customers can dine in the market’s outdoor seating area or Lucky’s Café area and grab a cold-pressed nitro coffee or kombucha from the tap, a $2 pint of beer or a $3 glass of wine for a “Sip ‘n Stroll” shopping experience. Shoppers can get as much or as little as they’d like in the bulk section that offers everything from gourmet coffee beans, organic flour and freshly ground nut butters to trail mix and sour gummy worms.
Rounding out the new store is a full apothecary department, which 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, healing elixirs and more. In addition to local soaps, candles and salt lamps, customers will find natural remedies and mainstream medicines for common ailments. The new store will occupy around 30,000 square feet, will have a designated community room where people can gather and meet, and will employ approximately 150 people.
Beginning May 23, Lucky’s Market OakLeaf will offer same-day delivery through the Lucky’s Market Delivers program. Lucky’s shoppers can get an assortment of their favorite quality groceries and everyday household essentials delivered in as soon as one hour. New members can sign up at Luckysmarketdelivers.com and will receive an annual membership for $49 (regularly $99) for a limited time.
Lucky’s Market is always working on ways to reduce its carbon footprint as a whole. In an effort to be more energy efficient, Lucky’s Market stores feature LED lighting, heat reclaiming instruments, remote refrigeration systems controls, reflective roofs and energy efficient equipment and appliances. Food waste diversion and mixed recycling programs are also prioritized in all stores.
Lucky’s Market was started in 2003 by two chefs, Trish and Bo Sharon, when they bought a convenience store in Boulder, Colorado. The Sharons shared a vision of creating a grocery store where food lovers like themselves would want to shop, with quality products sold at affordable prices with genuine personal service. Today, those goals are the hallmarks of the Lucky’s style and Lucky’s Market now has 36 stores in 10 states.