LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new natural and specialty grocery store opened its doors in east Louisville Wednesday morning.

Lucky's Market held a "bacon cutting" ceremony just after 10 a.m. at 200 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., just north of Shelbyville Road.

Shoppers at the store will find a wide selection of local produce, organic, gluten-free and specialty items. Lucky's also has in-house cured and smoked bacon. The company's CEO says the store's low prices will be good for the city.


"What we do is we sell natural and organic food at prices everyone can afford," says Lucky's founder and CEO Bo Sharon.

It was in 2003 when Sharon and his wife who were both chefs, purchased a convenience store in Boulder, Colorado where the company now has its headquarters.

The Louisville Lucky's is the first store in Kentucky and the sixth in the country.

Plans call for the company to open more stores, the next ones in St Louis, Missouri.

"We really pride ourselves on our handcrafted foods here and our deli where the salads are made fresh.

Customers filled the aisles on opening day.

The store has everything I need and the prices seem reasonable," Carolyn Klosterman told WDRB News.

And Louis Mings agreed. "I especially like the deli," he says, "it seems like a great place to come over and eat and I think the prices were very competitive."

A survey conducted for  the Economic Growth and Innovation Department of Louisville Metro government shows that local consumers want more of these kinds of grocery stores in the area.

"When we surveyed consumers we found that as many as 75 percent said they were interested in buying more local foods than they are currently getting," says Theresa Zawacki from Metro Louisville.

Lucky's is located at the Forum Center which recently got a makeover that includes new storefronts.

The grocery store has 160 workers.

Opening day festivities included the company giving four local charities checks for $5,000 each.

The official grand opening party is next Saturday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes dollar menu items and face painting for the kids.

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