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Lucky's Market, The Natural Grocer Where You Can Sip While You Shop, Is Now Open In Plantation

Get ready to sip wine (or beer) while you grocery shop. Lucky's Market has arrived in Plantation.

Lucky's Market soft opened in Plantation this week and will host a bacon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 3:30 p.m. The natural foods store offers an extensive selection of local, organic, vegan and gluten-free items—all sold at too-good-to-believe prices—and lets shoppers do their groceries with a $2 pint or $3 wine glass in hand.

During the ceremony, team members will cut through a huge slab of its house-smoked bacon to celebrate the store's grand opening, and local nonprofits Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY) and Transforming Our Community's Healthy (TOUCH) will be presented with donations totaling $10,000.

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The Lucky's Market chain was started by a husband-and-wife chef team in Colorado who wanted to open a grocery store designed for food lovers like themselves. Between selling quality items like bacon smoked and cured in-house and offerings deals like 19-cent mangoes or 3-for-$1 Haas avocados, Lucky's is like a Whole Foods Market at Trader Joe's prices. 

Grocery shoppers at Lucky's can find a do-it-yourself trail mix bar or nut butter grinder, natural sweets including honey sticks and agave gummy bears, ready-to-cook gourmet meats and seafood, fresh sushi, pizza and made-to-order sandwiches.

The Plantation store—the second in Broward after the first South Florida Lucky's opened in Coral Springs in March—features a fresh-squeezed juice and smoothie bar; a cafe selling beer, wine, coffee drinks and kombucha; an apothecary department for do-it-yourself natural remedies; and a spacious craft beer and wine shop.

The natural grocer is able to keep its prices so low in part because it cuts back on costly marketing tactics and focuses on giving back to customers and the community instead, according to store director Jason Rief, who previously worked at the Coral Springs store. 

Lucky's donates 10 percent of all proceeds from its private label products to local charities and 10 cents for every shopper who takes home his or her groceries in a reusable shopping bag. In fact, 10 percent of its total sales on its January Impact Day (Jan. 31) will also be donated to the Urban Farming Institute to help build a school garden.

Lucky's Market will also be hosting its Taste of Lucky's day on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during which guests can sample from some of Lucky's favorite local vendors and enter a gift basket giveaway.

Lucky's Market; 7700 Peters Rd., Plantation

See photos of the new grocery store below:

Juice and smoothies made fresh daily

 

Infused waters with fruits and herbs

 

Produce section featuring local and organic fruits and veggies, as well as cut and prepared produce for snacks and stir-fry dishes

 

Bulk coffee by the pound

 

DIY trail mix bar

 

Lucky's offers all-natural "Never-Ever" meats that have never been administered hormone additives or antibiotics. These include Tomahawk steaks, sausage made in-house, and thick-cut bacon smoked and cured in-house.

 

The sustainable seafood section includes swordfish and ahi tuna steaks, oysters, clams, mussels, lobster tails, and seasoned or marinated filets of fish.

 

Wedges of aged parmigiano reggiano are now on sale for $9.99 per pound (almost half off regular price).

 

Lucky's bakery features fresh baked goods, including vegan and gluten-free products and this maple bacon doughnut using the famed house-made bacon.

 

In the Apothecary department, guests can purchase natural soaps or create their own essential oils, laundry detergent, deodorant and more.

 

The Apothecary features an aromatherapy bar with essential oils and diffusers.

 

A selection of dried herbs, spices and other plant leaves for natural remedies in the Apothecary department

 

Lucky's extensive beer selection includes local and craft beers, imported beers, and ciders.

 

Lucky's also offers affordable wines in all varieties.

 

Lucky's Cafe serves a variety of espresso and other coffee drinks, kombucha, beer, and wine. Guests can purchase refillable growlers of beer to take home or $2 pints and $3 wine glasses to sip while they stroll.