Specialty grocery store opens near downtown Columbia

Jan 15, 2014

A new natural and specialty grocery store opened its doors in downtown Columbia this week.

The Colorado-based Lucky’s Market kicked off its launch Wednesday with a bacon cutting ceremony and a $10,000 donation to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. Lucky’s Market is expected to create about 100 jobs with its new shop in the old Osco Drug building. The location also resides on the edge of a "food desert" according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The store touts organic, specialty and gluten-free items, as well as house-made deli items, in-house cured and smoked bacon, local produce, fresh meats and seafood, and a bakery.

Columbia resident B.J. Hunter says he’s happy to have a grocery store finally near the downtown area. “I liked the fresh produce options," he says. "Also, liked the meat market. [It] appeared really well done. And the salad bar looked phenomenal.”

Lucky’s Market will be participating in 5 percent days in which a portion of the day’s total net sales will be donated to local schools. Also, patrons who bring reusable shopping bags will receive either a 10-cent credit on their purchase or be able to donate that 10 cents to local organizations PedNet, First Chance for Children or the Columbia Community Gardening Coalition.

Lucky’s Market has two stores in Colorado and one in Ohio, with plans to expand to Kentucky and Montana later this year.