It’s not often that a grocery store becomes a travel destination, but the new Lucky’s Market in Gainesville has it’s sights set on becoming just that. Located at 1459 NW 23rd Avenue in the Verde Plaza (and the almost 20-year empty Pic ‘N Save space), Lucky’s is a welcome addition to Natural North Florida’s wide variety and long list of groceries and food stores. Of course, we have supermarkets from big chains like Publix, Winn Dixie, Hitchcock‘s and even Wal-Mart. And we have small market chain representatives such as Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s. And there are some excellent individual markets like Ward’s in Gainesville, Maddie’s in Steinhatchee and Food Ranch in Inglis. But we haven’t had a Lucky’s and it’s a big deal to Gainesville that we were chosen as the company’s first venture into Florida. In fact, the Gainesville store is only the 8th in the Boulder, Colorado’s expansion.
While Lucky’s Market is often thought of as a “health-food store”, it’s really much more of a “fresh-food store”, with much of it’s products locally sourced. Expect to see a large selection of organic foods, including grass-fed beef and fresh fruits and vegetables. They also make their own sausages and smoke their own meats. And for those of you wanting to eat on the run, there’s a good selection of take-away foods, including pizza, salads and sandwiches.