Lucky’s Market

A new grocery has opened where Winn-Dixie vacated years ago in the shopping center at Virginia and South Broadway. Lucky’s Market is billing itself as the promise of access to organic groceries without the hefty price that makes it unaffordable for many. I visited Lucky’s Market after a lunch at Japapeño’s the week they opened. It seemed that everyone in the city had taken off the afternoon to check out the new store. My pictures belie how crowded the place really was but I don’t take civvies’ pictures without permission.

Upon entering the store, I was immediately greeted by overflowing tables of fresh produce priced so low that I couldn’t pass up a table of 2 pints for $3 blueberries without grabbing 4. They weren’t the best when I got home but I’ll put them in muffins. Lots of produce options, most the regular fair with a few extras that I’ll have to try (red bananas anyone?

Kiwi, papaya, and mango, Oh My! January 29, 2016
Kiwi, papaya, and mango, Oh My! January 29, 2016
I spotted the pineapple first, January 29, 2016
I spotted the pineapple first, January 29, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the vegetable section, so neat, organized, and pretty. Really spoke to my OCD self.

A work of beauty, January 29, 2016
A work of beauty, January 29, 2016

There were a few endcaps of Kentucky Proud items with hot sauce, barbecue sauces, and relishes among others.

Kentucky Proud items. I've got to try that Ale-8-One salsa, January 29, 2016
Kentucky Proud items. I’ve got to try that Ale-8-One salsa, January 29, 2016

There were quite a few options for MSC certified fish but I couldn’t get close enough to the meat counter to see what they had to offer in terms of responsibly grown items. This place was bumping.

Seafood counter at Lucky's, January 29, 2016
Seafood counter at Lucky’s, January 29, 2016

Lucky’s offers the usual olive bar and salad bar. But did you know they also have a juice bar and a… well, a bar? I never knew that I was missing out on the opportunity to enjoy a potent potable while I shopped.

Bar at Lucky's, January 29, 2016
Bar at Lucky’s, January 29, 2016
Juice bar at Lucky's. It'll be hard to continue to make fun of Whole Foods' Asparagus Water after this, January 29, 2016
Juice bar at Lucky’s. It’ll be hard to continue to make fun of Whole Foods’ Asparagus Water after this, January 29, 2016

There are lots of ready-made, ready-to-take items for the noncooking shopper. The deli items looked delicious and gave me ideas for dinners to make at home.

These looked so delicious, January 29, 2016
These looked so delicious, January 29, 2016
Salads, soups, and sandwiches, the trifecta, January 29, 2016
Salads, soups, and sandwiches, the trifecta, January 29, 2016

Lucky’s also offers bulk supplies of many grains, beans, and spices. I’ll have to bring my reusable containers next time so that I can replenish my chili powder.

Only a small part of the bulk food section, January 29, 2016
Only a small part of the bulk food section, January 29, 2016

I’ve been looking for a regular grocery store ever since Kroger has disappointed me with their unwillingness to listen to the community regarding the Romany location and their settlement in regard to their Simple Truth brand. Lucky’s isn’t as convenient as Kroger but I am going to experiment with making them my go-to place. I’m also always on the lookout to find a closer place to buy meat and seafood. Whole Foods is moving even further outside of the circle but I’ve grown so attached to the fishmonger there. Once Lucky’s traffic slows a bit I’ll make my approach and see what they know.

Oh, and don’t miss these register lights.

Lucky's Register light

Have you been? What do you think of the store?

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