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New organic foods store to test its luck in Louisville

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Louisville is only the 6th place in the country to open Lucky's Market. Louisville is only the 6th place in the country to open Lucky's Market.
Bo Sharon Bo Sharon
Thursday we got a sneak peek at the store. Thursday we got a sneak peek at the store.
Justin Baker Justin Baker

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Another specialty grocery store is about to open its doors in Louisville. Lucky's Market is opening its first Kentucky store off Hurstbourne Parkway, near the University of Louisville's Shelby campus.

Thursday we got a sneak peek at the store, which is the latest in a boom of natural and specialty stores being built in Louisville.

Bo Sharon has found a new home for his baby, making Louisville only the 6th place in the country to open Lucky's Market. He started the company more than 10 years ago.

"We're about 90 percent natural, natural and organic foods but we do sell some conventional products as well," Sharon explained.

Like so many grocers, Lucky's is finding out that natural foods are what many of us want on our tables.

"Organic is growing and the natural foods business is continually growing," said Sharon.

According to Commercial Real Estate Broker Justin Baker, who is a partner at Trio Commercial Property Group, that explains all of the new natural, organic and specialty stores we've seen open their doors in Louisville over the last several years.

"I would say that we've seen this trend across the country and Louisville is just now starting to see some of these smaller organic grocery stores," Baker said.

But do we now have too many? Baker said it's not really the number of stores, but the bite from the big fish that are also following the trend.

"I think that you've seen the large supermarket players in our market expand their presence of organic products," he said. "I don't think there's necessarily as much competition from each other as there is from the larger grocery store players such as Kroger."

Sharon believes his store has something unique that will draw shoppers in and make Lucky's good fortune grow in Louisville.

"We're a real butcher shop. We cure our own bacon from scratch," he said. "Roughly 20 percent of our store is our produce department with prices that are much lower than our competition."

Lucky's Market is set to open on Wednesday, May 15 and the staff will celebrate all week with vendors in-store on that weekend plus free samplings of spirits, wine and beers at the liquor store attached.

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