Lucky's Market offers specialty, organic and gluten-free products. Photo courtesy of Lucky's Market

Lucky’s Market offers organic and gluten-free products, as well as free wellness activities for shoppers. Photo courtesy of Lucky’s Market

Lucky’s Market, a Colorado-based natural and specialty grocery store, is making its way to the Midwest. The newest market will open in Columbia on Jan. 15 at 111 S. Providence Road, in the old Osco Drug building. The establishment has been vacant for nine years after Osco Drug closed in 2004. This is the first Lucky’s Market to open in Missouri.

In 2003, Bo Sharon and his wife Trish opened Lucky’s Market in Boulder, Co. The independently owned and operated market’s goal is to provide quality products at affordable prices. Lucky’s Market also emphasizes genuine personal service. In Lucky’s, customers can shop food departments including meat and seafood, fresh produce, a deli and a natural living section.

“Boulder is a big town for natural food, and we hope to share the best of that in Columbia,” said Bo Sharon in a press release sent out yesterday. “We also hope you’ll find some new tastes for your kitchen, either as inspiring ingredients or at our chef-quality deli counter — and we cannot wait to discover some fantastic Missouri farmers and vendors as well.”

The store will be located in the heart of downtown Columbia, in an area the U.S. Department of Agriculture marked as a “food desert” in May 2011. The USDA labeled this area as well as two other areas in Columbia as food deserts based on factors including the percentage of low-income residents without easy access to healthy food and the lack to transportation for these residents. Lucky’s will be the largest downtown grocery store and will offer new food options for Columbians.

Since opening 10 years ago, the Columbia store marks the fourth nationwide location for Lucky’s which currently has locations in Boulder, Co., Longmont, Co. and Columbus, Oh. Lucky’s plans to open locations in St. Louis, Louisville, Ky. and Billings, Mont. as well in 2014.

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