Lucky's Market set to open in January

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 4:50 p.m. CST; updated 7:33 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

COLUMBIA —Lucky's Market in Columbia has set its opening date for Jan. 15, 2014.

The organic and specialty grocery store, which was originally scheduled to open in October, will be located in the old Osco Drug building, 111 S. Providence Road, just south of Broadway.

Lucky's Market chose Columbia because of the vibrancy of the area, owner and founder Bo Sharon said.

"From the downtown areas to the students, there is an energy there that we kind of felt," Sharon said. "To the same extent, there is a high education level to say the least. People understand the mission of eating good food and why it's important."

Lucky's Market executives had earlier expressed concern with opening during the holidays, but Sharon said opening in January will not be problematic for the store.

"By opening by the new year, we can take advantage of New Year's resolutions," Sharon said. "Offering natural and organic foods in Columbia should be beneficial to people."

A Lucky's Market store is smaller than most other grocery stores, and it provides a different experience with more specialty services, said Pat Gilliland, the chain's chief executive officer. Lucky's Market will also offer the widest selection of microbrewed beers in town by far, he said.

"It's hard to describe the shopping experience," Gilliland said. "It's like a farmers market with produce right in your face."

Lucky's Market has three other locations, two in Colorado and one in Ohio. The first Lucky's Market opened in Boulder, Colo., in 2003.

"We want to get fresh food in people's hands, so they can actually cook," Sharon said.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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