Lucky’s Market will open its first store in Billings, Mont., at 1603 Grand Ave. The opening is scheduled for mid-March and will be the fourth expansion of the Boulder-based natural foods grocery.
“We are excited to bring affordable natural foods to Billings with our unique flair,” says Bo Sharon, who founded Lucky’s with his wife, Trish. “As trained culinary professionals, and downright foodies, we imagine our stores as an oasis of health, kindness and support. We strive to be an integral piece of the community with a purpose greater than simply selling food. We’re looking forward to giving our neighbors in Billings a new taste and experience to bring home to their kitchens.”
The Montana store is the fifth nationwide for Lucky’s, a Boulder favorite that expanded to Longmont, Colo. and Columbus, Ohio in 2013, and Columbia, Mo. earlier this month. A location in Louisville, Ky., is scheduled to open in 2014 as well.
The Billings store, which is about 26,000 square feet, includes a beer and wine section and community room. The store will employ about 80 people.
Billings shoppers will find a wide selection of organic, specialty and gluten-free items at the store, as well as house-made deli items, in-house cured and smoked bacon, local produce, fresh meats and seafood, and a decadent bakery. Free wellness activities and store “walkabouts” (for gluten-free and other food categories) are other features that have made Lucky’s a favorite with Boulder shoppers for more than a decade.