Lucky's Market adding first Florida distribution center

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Lucky’s Market is opening a new 120,000-square-foot Orlando distribution center to serve its current and future Florida stores.

Lucky’s Market, the Colorado-based natural foods grocery store with a growing presence in the Sarasota-Manatee County area, is cementing its presence in the Sunshine State by opening its first Florida distribution center.

The company said Tuesday that it has signed a lease for a new 120,000-square-foot distribution center in Orlando.

The center, at 6375 Emperor Drive, will primarily be for produce and bulk food items, according to an announcement from the company Tuesday. It will serve all current and future Lucky’s stores in Florida and is scheduled to open by the fall.

“Not only will the distribution center enable Lucky’s to bring in more products and options, it will help decrease our cost of goods and help us pass more savings along to our customers,” Stacey Dark, vice president of distribution and manager of the future facility, said.

Lucky’s, founded in 2003 in Boulder, Colorado, by chefs Trish and Bo Sharon, is known for its natural foods, prepared dishes, apothecary and a “sip-and-stroll” feature allowing customers to shop with a glass of beer or wine.

The company has 39 stores in 10 states, including a Sarasota store in the Westfield Siesta Key mall that opened in 2017. Plans for stores in Bradenton, Venice and Port Charlotte are also in the works.

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