COLUMBIA — The October opening of Lucky's Farmers Market has been delayed because of a shortage of steel.
Chief Executive Patrick Gilliland said he hopes to open the Colorado-based grocery store in the former Osco Building near Providence and Broadway between late November and early January.
The expansion of the grocery-store chain to the Midwest is largely focused on areas with high education levels.
"We like high education numbers," Gilliland said. "There is no concept like ours, and there is a good chance of success."
The chain recently opened a store in Longmont, Colo. Columbia has two natural grocery stores: Clover's Natural Market and Natural Grocers.
Once the store is up and running in Columbia, staff will try to source produce from local farmers in Missouri.
Opening during the holidays will be hard, Gilliland said.
"Hiring people would be difficult, and a new concept would be difficult," Gilliland said. "It is proven that shoppers do not like to change their habits, especially during this season."