Big news for the Floridian grocery scene - Lucky's will be closing 20 of its 21 Florida locations on February 12, 2020, with liquidation sales beginning on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. In addition to this news, Lucky's is closing 32 of the company's 39 stores throughout the USA, and presumably canceling the opening of the 15 stores currently under construction too (the majority of which are in Florida). This news is a huge blow to Florida, as Lucky's was stepping in to fill many vacant grocery boxes throughout the state with their quirky, innovative approach to selling organic foods. These closures are fallout from Kroger backing out of their investment in Lucky's, a partnership that began in 2016. That money was supposedly being used to fuel Lucky's impressive growth, most of which was focused on Florida. Lucky's was really priming themselves to be Florida's largest organic grocery chain, so this is a big shift. After this closure wave, only 1 of Lucky's remaining 7 stores throughout the USA will be left in Florida: the West Melbourne Lucky's, pictured above as it was preparing to open in early 2017. Oddly enough, said Lucky's is my local store, and I shop there all the time. The place is always packed, so I can see why it was kept. However, being a far-flung location of a nearly crippled chain is never a good sign, so I guess I'll have to enjoy Lucky's while I can, a scenario I was never expecting. This news will really shift the organic grocery scene in Florida, and hopefully Sprouts and Greenwise will pick up some of the soon-to-be-vacated Lucky's stores as part of those chain's expansion efforts. Anyway, I'll link to some articles below about this breaking situation below. I plan to cover the closing of at least one of the soon-to-be-former Lucky's stores photographically, and I'll probably present it on the blog before long. I know organic grocery chains aren't usually the focus of my blog posts (unless one happens to find itself taking up residence in a former Albertsons store), but I feel like Lucky's was a different situation. They had such large prospects for Florida, which looked so good, but ultimately crumbled fast like so many others that tried before them. However, we'll discuss that in detail at a later date. Anyway, it's sad to see Lucky's fail like this, but I'll keep everyone posted as news unfolds. For more on the current situation with Lucky's, a few good articles are listed below, and thanks to Reviewer Jay for tipping me off to this news this afternoon!
Lucky's Market Closing Florida Stores - The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Lucky's Closing 32 Stores, Laying off Associates - Progressive Grocer
Lucky's Market in West Melbourne to Remain Open as Lucky's Stores Close Across Florida - The Florida Today (An interesting look from the perspective of the last Lucky's standing in Florida)
There are lots of articles about this situation online if you want to Google more, as this announcement is grabbing major headlines. However, I feel the three articles above provide a well rounded explanation of what's happening right now, especially from a Floridian view.
So until the next post,
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