Lucky's in Wheat Ridge closing

Store to close on Feb. 12

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UPDATE: Through social media, the Wheat Ridge Lucky's location has announced a planned closing date of Feb. 12, with remaining products up to 75% off.

Wheat Ridge's newest grocery store, is no more.

Lucky's Market at 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard is one of the 32 of the chain's 39 nationwide stores that it will be closing. The news of the mass store closing was reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Jan. 21.

The Wheat Ridge store, which held its grand opening on Aug. 8, 2018, confirmed that it would be one of the closing locations, in a Facebook post on Jan. 21:

"There has been some recent news circulating about Lucky’s stores closing. Unfortunately, our Wheat Ridge store will be closing and starting tomorrow, we will be offering significant discounts on all products in the store. We want to thank you for shopping with us. We’ve made some amazing friendships and together have supported some incredible community organizations."

The 35,000 square foot store hoped to employ 150 people at its opening.

"We were surprised and disappointed to hear about the closure, especially with the nearby apartments about to open up," Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff said.

Goff said he had heard unsubstantiated rumors that the store would officially close down within the first two weeks of February.

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Lucky's Market press department did not answered requests for comment.

Lucky's locations in Longmont and South Boulder were also announced as closing. The chain's longtime location in north Boulder was initially listed as one of the few locations that would remain open, however Business Den reported on Jan. 27 that the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it would be laying off all employees and selling or leasing all of its property holdings.

The chain had enjoyed the financial backing of grocery giant Kroger to help fund a major expansion of the chain in recent years, but Kroger announced it was pulling out of the investment deal last month.

Lucky's brands itself as more community-based than most grocery stores. Each store donates 10 percent of the profits from all purchases of the Lucky's store brand products to local nonprofit partners. Additionally, every time a shopper uses a Lucky's renewable bag they can choose to donate 10 cents to a local charity which Lucky's helps to promote in its stores.

Lucky's becoming the anchor store at the 38th Avenue and Wadsworth "The Corners" redevelopment project was hailed by city leaders at the time, as a major draw to help support the other businesses that were hoping to move into the other commercial storefronts of the development. Current tenants include Tokyo Joes, Pierogies Factory, Five Guys, Verizon, Wheat Ridge Dentists and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Goff said that Lucky's owns the building, and has not notified the city of any potential plans to lease or sell it.

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