Lucky's Market's little empire in north Boulder is expanding.

The independently operated Lucky's in the coming week will add a third business -- a bakery and creamery -- to its recently remodeled grocery store and cafe off Quince Avenue and Broadway.

Lucky's Bakehouse & Creamery, a bakery and organic ice cream shop at 3990 Broadway operated by Ice Box Bakery co-founder Jen Bush, is scheduled for a grand opening Nov. 10.

And that collective could grow further in a short time.

Lucky's has plans to "aggressively" move forward on its organic farm, readying the land for production in 2013. Additionally, owner Bo Sharon hints that it's not out of the question that the grocery he's owned for nearly 10 years could eventually have a sister store.

"We'll entertain the idea," he said, smiling.

In the near term, however, Sharon and crew are laser-focused on the bakery and creamery opening in the space formerly occupied by North Boulder Video.

The existing community support could help drive success for the soon-to-be-opened bakery, he said, noting 2,000 customers cycled through the 2,000-square-foot shop during a recent "dry run."

The bakery also could set itself apart from the field because it's Lucky's "take on a bakery," Sharon said. The intention is to incorporate ingredients from local farms and also natural and organic food companies.

"It's the ethic of Lucky's ... that will translate into the food," he said.


Running Lucky's Bakehouse & Creamery is Bush, whose experience runs the gamut from bakeries and restaurants to a natural cookie dough company.

"It's the first time I've ever been part of a grocery," she said. "That's really cool because I don't have to go sourcing from vendors."

The Lucky's expansion and the newest addition to the "family of businesses" come as the independent operation continues to post "significantly" higher sales gains.

They also are occurring when Boulder's grocery industry is gaining more competition.

The city is expected to gain both a Trader Joe's and another grocery store -- speculated to be a Walmart Neighborhood Markets store -- within the next year. Those would join three King Soopers, three Safeway locations, three Whole Foods, two Sprouts Farmers Markets, Alfalfa's and Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage.

"It's got to be the most competitive city in the nation per capita of natural foods stores," Sharon said. "It seems to be a badge of honor for (natural foods) grocers to have a store here. ...

"It's amazing how many grocery stores we can fit in this town."

Boulder continues to have an appetite for its grocery options. Sales at food stores are up 7.83 percent through August from the comparable eight-month period last year, according to Boulder Finance Department data.

Sharon said his Lucky's has fared well to this point, and he doesn't expect the newest arrivals to eat away too much of his business.

He projected that Trader Joe's most likely will take a small share from every existing operator in Boulder, but countered the "mystery grocer" might not have too big of an effect on existing natural and organic grocery stores.

"We're watching," he said. "But we believe in our customers, and I believe (that) they believe in us."

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