Bo Sharon, owner of Lucky's Market in north Boulder, poses in this 2009 photo.
Lucky's founder Bo Sharon has partnered with industry veterans -- including former executives of Wild Oats and Sunflower Farmers Markets -- to launch Lucky's Farmers Market, a chain of full-service grocery stores that offer a mix of mainstream, natural, organic and locally grown foods.
The first Lucky's
Farmers Market could open by the end of the year near Ohio State University
in Columbus, Ohio, with a second location following in early 2014 in Bozeman, Mont., Sharon
"The hope is to once again build a community market based off the needs of the consumer," he
Farmers Market is targeting college towns, with demographics similar to Boulder.
An initial goal stated by the chain on its website is to open six markets in 30 months.
"The hope is we got to open one and I guess we'll open two and keep our fingers crossed," Sharon
Throughout a video posted on the Lucky's
Farmers Market website, officials such as Brown and Sharon
refer to the Lucky's Market
store, at 3960 Broadway in north Boulder, as the "prototype" location for the planned chain.
Since opening Lucky's
Market 10 years ago, Sharon
subsequently added a neighboring cafÃ© and
Josh Pruitt stocks shelves at Lucky's
Market on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
Late last year, Sharon
announced plans to open a Lucky's
Market in Longmont.
At 26,000 square feet, the new location is twice the size of the original Lucky's
in Boulder and will include a cafÃ©, bakery and full-service liquor store.
"Since Year 1, we've been profitable; we've been consistently profitable every single year past that," Sharon
said in the Lucky's
Farmers Market video.
Market Boulder and Lucky's Market
Longmont will continue to operate under the ownership of Bo Sharon
The team at Lucky's
Farmers Market, which includes Sharon
in the role of president, has more than "100 years of experience," officials touted in the video.
In addition to Brown and Sharon, the executives include Wild Oats veteran Tim Overlie, who will serve as director of operations and purchasing, and Patrick Gilliland, who will head the chain as chief executive officer.
Mike Gilliland is not involved in Lucky's
Farmers Market, Sharon