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Boulder, Colorado-based Lucky’s Market opened its Springfield store two years ago.
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Boulder, Colorado-based Lucky’s Market opened its Springfield store two years ago.

Lucky’s Market closing

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Lucky’s Market, located in Glenstone Marketplace, yesterday announced plans to shut its doors.

Store officials confirmed in a Facebook post that the 3333 S. Glenstone Ave. natural foods store would close. Officials could not be reached for comment by deadline to confirm a closing date. KY3 reports the natural foods grocer’s last day is Feb. 12.

The move is part of a nationwide shuttering of most of the Boulder, Colorado-based company’s locations. The grocer plans to close down 32 of its 39 stores, according to USA Today. A Lucky’s Market in Columbia is expected to remain open, according to the article.

Troy Carson, local store director, and corporate spokeswoman Krista Torvik could not be reached for comment by deadline to confirm the reason for the store closure. Industry website Progressive Grocer cites The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) deciding to divest its interest in Lucky’s Market in December 2019, which was roughly $131 million. Kroger had a separate impact on the Springfield grocery market in late 2014, when it announced the early 2015 closures of its four Dillons stores in Springfield, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

Lucky’s Market arrived in Springfield in January 2018 and hired on 150 employees, according to past SBJ reporting. The market sells organic, local and gluten-free items; has an in-house bakery and butcher; and offers smoothies, juices, coffee, beer and wine for customers to drink while shopping, according to past reporting.

Lucky’s Market isn’t the only natural food grocer to close in the Springfield area. In December 2018, Ruby’s Market shuttered on East Sunshine Street. Store officials at the time cited the location as a key factor to its closure. Aldi and Red Racks Thrift Store have since opened in the former Ruby’s building.

Natural food grocers still in the market are MaMa Jean’s Natural Market LLC and Akin’s Natural Foods, according to SBJ research.

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