Have you heard? There’s a new specialty grocery store that has just opened at Tyrone Square. Lucky’s Market was started in 2003 by two chefs, Trish and Bo Sharon, when they bought a convenience store in Boulder, Colorado. The Sharon’s shared a vision of creating a grocery store where food lovers like themselves would want to shop, with quality products sold at affordable prices with genuine personal service.
The St. Petersburg store is led by Curt Rotrock who was born and raised in Tampa, has raised his three daughters in the area and has more than 30 years of experience in grocery retail.
”Lucky’s Market is excited to be part of the revitalization of the Tyrone area, and bring good food at great prices to more people in this thriving community,” said Rotrock. “I look forward to sharing the Lucky’s experience with the people of St. Pete’s and having our new store be a strong community partner for many years to come.”
The heart of the St. Petersburg Lucky’s Market is the produce department where 3,000 square feet of space is devoted to more than 350 kinds of different fresh, seasonal and colorful produce items, and many of these are organic. Shoppers will also find Lucky’s signature in-house smoked bacon, a large variety of delicious house-made sausages, fresh seafood, and a wide selection of “never ever” meats from the in-house butcher, which have never been treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. Customers will also find a department filled with ready-to-eat meals, made from scratch daily inside the store as well as fresh grab-and-go sushi options, and a new made-to-order Ramen Bar using the freshest ingredients available. Close to 100 artisan cheeses from 10 countries and a large selection of fine charcuterie items can be found in the Lucky’s Cheese Shop.
In addition to superb customer service, pressed juices and smoothies are made fresh throughout the day, and the store boasts an extensive beer and wine selection. Customers can dine in the market’s outdoor seating area, or the inviting café area and grab a cold-pressed nitro coffee or kombucha from the tap, a $2 pint of beer or a $3 glass of wine for a “Sip ‘n Stroll” shopping experience.
Shoppers can get as much or as little as they’d like in the bulk section that offers everything from gourmet coffee beans, organic flour, and freshly ground nut butters to trail mix and natural gummy bears. Rounding out the new store is a full apothecary department, which has been designed to deliver a unique experience with a bulk DIY wall where people can buy what they need 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.
The St. Petersburg store will employ approximately 150 people. Lucky’s Market is always working on ways to reduce its carbon footprint as a whole. In an effort to be more energy efficient, Lucky’s Market stores feature LED lighting, heat reclaiming instruments, remote refrigeration systems controls, reflective roofs, and energy efficient equipment and appliances. Food waste diversion and mixed recycling programs are also prioritized in all stores.
Lucky’s Market Community Impact Program is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities where we live and work by supporting our vendors, their communities and local organizations addressing vital community needs. With more than a decade of dedication and hundreds of lives impacted, Lucky’s Markets actively supports youth & education, healthy communities, sustainability and resilience programs in neighborhoods across the country.
Opening day activities for the St. Petersburg store included presentations of more than $10,000 in Impact Grants to support two local non-profit organizations – Edible Peace Patch Project to support their educational gardens for the upcoming school year, and Creative Clay to provide 32 scholarships for children with disabilities to be able to participate in their “Art Around the World” summer camp.