Organic, Affordable Groceries + Cafe Coming our Way
| By Kathryn Deen |
Organic and affordable.
That’s what it’s all about at Clermont’s highly anticipated new grocery store, Lucky’s Market.
The specialty chain opens Wed., March 7 with the grand opening fanfare of a 10 a.m. bacon cutting ceremony and a presentation of over 10K in grants to local charities.
Lucky’s replaced Sweetbay at 1720 E. Highway 50 (in the Home Depot Plaza on the northwest corner of Highway 50 and Citrus Tower Boulevard.) Store hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
“Lucky’s Market takes the price out of natural foods, and we are happy to bring more natural and organic food at affordable prices to people in the growing Orlando-area,” Bob said.
The novelty of being able to drink while you shop is just one of many appeals of the 30,000-square-foot store — the second Lucky’s in the Orlando area.
You can relax with a $2 draft beer or $3 wine, get a pick-me-up coffee on nitro, or fuel up with kombucha on tap, fresh juice or a smoothie.
A cafe has indoor and outside seating, live music and games. Made-to-order ramen and a sushi bar add more exciting options.
But wait, there’s more!
Like an extensive meat section, fresh seafood, a deli with salads and pizzas ready, a large selection of local produce, and a bakery.
Lucky’s is known for its signature in-house smoked bacon, a variety of house-made sausages and other “never ever” meats — not treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones.
A bulk section includes gourmet coffee beans, organic flour, trail mix and natural gummy bears. You can grind-your-own nut butters and dispense your own honey and vinegar.
The Apothecary department features a bulk DIY wall where people can buy supplies 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, including CBD oil products.
As for the groceries, expect to find your favorite organic brands, as well as a ton of Lucky’s brand items, including Bob’s favorites, Ginger Snaps and Coconut Water.
Wondering about coupons? You can download the Lucky’s Rewards app.
And in case you’re in the market for a job, the store will employ about 150 people, and Lucky’s is still hiring. Check what positions are still open here.
Bob transferred from the Orlando store (11750 E. Colonial Drive in the Alafaya Village shopping center).
Additional Central Florida stores are planned to open later this year in Winter Park, Hunter’s Creek/Kissimmee and the SoDo District in downtown Orlando.
Lucky’s started in 2003 in Boulder, Colorado. Their slogan is “Organic for the 99%,” meaning most of the products are organic with a small selection of conventional staple items like Cheerios, Campbells soup and Coca-Cola.
Lucky’s makes a point to support local non-profits. Opening day donations will go to The FAITH Neighborhood Center to provide free healthy meals to kids during summer breaks; and Hope CommUnity Center to supply classroom and education materials for its Adelante Caminantes and MOMS English & Literacy programs.
Other upcoming store events include:
- Tasting Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., March 10, featuring live music, Lucky’s vendors, food samples and gift basket giveaways.
- Bags for Change: March 7 to May 26, shoppers reusing their shopping bags get a 10-cent credit on their purchase or can donate it to Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties, Florida Urban Agriculture or Building Blocks Ministries.
- April 10 Impact Day: 10% of one day’s total net sales go to Lake Cares to help buy a shed for the Victory Garden, a collaborative project to grow organic produce and help feed the community.
Let us know what you think of the new store! Comment below or tag us in photos of your favorite Lucky’s finds on social media.
Kathryn Deen is the founder and editor of Clermont Magazine, a Clermont resident and an award-winning professional journalist.