Publix Super Markets Inc. confirmed late Jan. 27 that it intends to buy the Lucky’s Market lease in Neptune Beach, Florida, raising the possibility that it will bring its GreenWise Market concept to Duval County.
“I can confirm that we are under contract to purchase five Lucky’s leases with locations in Clermont, Naples, Neptune Beach, Orlando and Ormond Beach. We are currently in the due diligence process,” said Maria Brous, director of communications with Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets Inc.
The Lucky’s Market at 580 Atlantic Blvd. is east of the full-line Publix supermarket at 630 Atlantic Blvd.
Publix has been expanding its GreenWise natural and organics market banner and has two locations identified in St. Johns County.
Brous said no additional details are available about Publix’s plans for the Lucky’s location in Neptune Beach.
Lucky’s Markets average in the 30,000-35,000-s.f. range while GreenWise is about 25,000 s.f.
Lucky’s Market announced Jan. 27 that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and signed agreements with Aldi and Publix Super Markets Inc. to acquire 11 of its locations.
Lucky’s said discount food store Aldi will take five of Lucky’s leased properties and purchase one that Lucky’s owns. It said Publix will take five leased locations.
Lucky’s did not say which properties Aldi and Publix will acquire.
Dan Gavin, Aldi U.S., vice president of national real estate, issued a statement that it is negotiating to buy several Lucky’s locations in Florida but did not say which ones.