Lucky's Market opens first St. Pete location

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Opening Day at Lucky’s Market was a little chaotic.

Hundreds of people came to the new grocery store to see what the hype is all about.

“This place is fabulous,” said Theresa McEachern.

The store promises organic food at lower prices.

“Our motto is organics for the 99 percent,” said manager Curt Rotrock.

The store hopes to give those who normally can’t afford organic items a chance to buy organic fruits and vegetables.

McEachern picked up some basics on Wednesday but plans to come back when the crowds die down.

“I think it’s going to put everyone else out of business, you can find anything and everything that you are looking for.”

Publix probably isn’t shutting down anytime soon.

But Lucky’s, inside the former Sears store at Tyrone Square Mall is attracting attention.

You can sip wine and beer as you shop.

Lucky’s also has a juice bar, sushi station, and they really tout their in-house made smoked bacon.

“We offer a wide variety of freshly made items in-house. Our entire culinary department is made up of recipe items driven behind the glass,” said Rotrock.

Marilyn Montgomery says she likes the prices.

Although some are likely specials just offered for the grand opening, like Florida grown watermelons at two for $5 and asparagus at $2.98 a pound.

“It is more affordable than, no offense, going to Publix or Aldi’s or anything,” said Montgomery.

Lucky’s Market which started in Colorado hired 190 workers for the St. Pete location.

The store says they donate 10% of private sales to the community.

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