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Kroger and Lucky's Market in strategic partnership

Staff writer |
The Kroger Co. entered a strategic partnership with Lucky's Market, a specialty grocery store chain focused on natural, organic and locally-grown products.

Kroger has made a meaningful investment in Lucky's, which will significantly accelerate Lucky's Market's growth in new and existing markets.

The financial terms of the transaction, which was closed, were not disclosed.

Founded in 2003 and based near Boulder, Co., Lucky's Market and its affiliates employ more than 1,800 associates and operate 17 stores in 13 states throughout the Midwest and Southeast United States.

Lucky's "Organic for the 99%" store format emphasizes its expansive selection of natural and organic food, including fresh produce, meat and seafood, prepared foods and baked goods, as well as wine and beer and personal care goods.

With stores averaging approximately 30,000 square feet, Lucky's layout resembles an indoor farmers market, with "garage door" entrances, field bins, barrels and wooden crates.

Its culinary department showcases great tasting, restaurant-quality prepared foods made from recipes that include those developed by CEO and former chef Bo Sharon and his wife Trish.

Through its "L" private label, Lucky's provides a broad range of grocery items at great value that have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and 10% of profits from its private label are reinvested in the communities it serves.