Reports of Lucky’s Market closures disappoints Cape officials
For the second time in two years, natural food shoppers in Cape Coral may have their hopes dashed.
Lucky’s Market, a supermarket chain that offers organic and natural food offerings, announced Tuesday that it would be closing nearly all of its Florida locations, representing more than half of its stores nationwide, according to reports in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that 20 Florida stores will close as of Feb. 12, with only its West Melbourne remaining open.
Lucky’s previously announced plans to expand into Lee County, including Cape Coral where a long-awaited Lucky’s is under construction at Santa Barbara Boulevard and Veterans Parkway.
The closure news, picked up and reported by numerous media outlets, was greeted with unhappiness by Cape officials who saw the chain break ground in September for a 30,000-square-foot store. The store was set to open in June and provide up to 150 jobs.
Mayor Joe Coviello said he was saddened by the news, but it is beyond the city’s control.
“You have a developer that has a lease with a company that can’t follow through. They’ll have to work it out, and who knows, maybe they’ll find another partner,” Coviello said.
The chain reportedly had a lease with Creighton Construction & Development.
As of end of day Tuesday, the city had received no notification from the Colorado-based chain that focusses primarily on organic foods presented in a farmer’s market type display.
This isn’t the first time Cape Coral has had a natural foods chain announce an expansion into the Cape and then pull back as a result of a corporate decision related to new stores. Fresh Market was in the midst of a renovation of space in the Coralwood Shopping Center on Del Prado Boulevard in 2018 before halting expansion plans.
ALDI subsequently opened a market there in its place, bringing its presence in Cape Coral to three stores.
Coviello is confident a new suitor to the location can be found.
“It’s turning out to be a beautiful development with the Wawa and Burger King along with some medical offices going in there,” Coviello said. “It looks like a very high-traffic location. So, maybe another entity would be interested in taking over.”
Calls and emails to Lucky’s Market press office were not immediately returned.
Creighton issued the following statement:
“As representatives for SB-VETS-1 LLC, which serves as the landlord of this property, we are not privy to Lucky’s Market’s next steps at this point and have no additional information beyond what has already been shared publicly. We are hopeful the next tenant for this site will be another excellent fit for the Cape Coral community.”