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The Tampa Bay Times reports that natural-and-organic focused Lucky's Market will open at least six new stores in Florida over the next 18 months. The first of the new stores is scheduled to open in St. Petersburg in the summer of 2018, and the others will be located in Sarasota, Panama City, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, and Bonita Springs.

Lucky's opened eight stores in Florida last year.

The Times notes that "Lucky's is entering the Florida market at a time when many other organic grocery chains are looking to expand here, too. Sprouts Farmers Market will open its first Tampa Bay area location in Carrollwood on Feb. 21. Earth Fare, another chain known for its healthy foods, opened its first store in Tampa Bay at the Seminole City Center late last year."

The expansion also is announced about 10 months after Kroger announced a strategic partnership with Lucky's Market, investing in the company so it could accelerate the company's growth in new and existing markets.
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