Lucky’s Market, a Boulder-based natural foods grocer, will anchor a redevelopment project on the southwest corner of Wadsworth Blvd. and 38th Avenue next year. The project, named “The Corners at Wheat Ridge” is slated to open spring 2018.
Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff describes The Corners at Wheat Ridge as a neighborhood development featuring multifamily housing, coffee shops, retail and restaurants.
“We’re pleased to have locally owned company Lucky’s Market as an anchor,” says Goff. “We believe they will attract new and different shoppers to the area, and also help provide redevelopment opportunities for existing retail centers.”
Sam Yujiri lives a few blocks west of 38th and Wadsworth Boulevard.
“I’m excited,” Yujiri said about the announcement. “I like change and I think this development will bring more business and more commerce to Wheat Ridge.”
According to Kristen Tetrik, director of marketing and community impact for the grocer, Lucky’s Market believes in making natural foods more accessible, including fresh produce and “never ever” meats that contain no antibiotics or artificial growth hormones, as well as a full bakery free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
Tetrik also cites the company’s community impact programs such as ‘Bags for Change.’ “Customers with reusable bags receive a wooden dime for each one used, which they can keep or donate to local nonprofit organizations. Each quarter, we double the amount raised,” says Tetrik. Other community impact programs include specific days in store dedicated to local nonprofits, and “10% for Good.”
“When you purchase our private label products, 10 percent of the profits are reinvested back into the community,” says Tetrik.
Lucky’s Market was founded in Boulder in 2003 by former chefs Bo and Trish Sharon. Now with 24 stores nationwide, Lucky’s Market has been referred to as the fastest-growing small grocery-store business in the U.S.
“I’m looking forward to getting healthy food and specialty items that are more affordable,” says Patti Archer, who lives in Westminster but works near the corner of Wadsworth Blvd. and 44th Ave. “I think any time there is competition, the consumer benefits. It’s also nice to see small business succeed.”
Tetrik says Lucky’s Market is eager to become part of the Wheat Ridge community.
“People have been asking us to open a Lucky’s Market in Denver for years, and we’re thrilled to expand in our home state of Colorado, as well as support local farmers and producers,” says Tetrik. “Plus, we believe grocery shopping should be fun, not a chore.”
In a similar redevelopment project, the city saw a Sprouts grocery store anchor a redevelopment of the southwest corner of 38th Avenue and Kipling Street in 2015.