Lucky's Market to open in Traverse City

Record-Eagle/Dan Nielsen The former Horizon Outlet Mall now is half demolished. The Buffalo Ridge Center will be built on the site.

TRAVERSE CITY — A new grocery store selling affordable local and organic foods is slated to open in 2016.

Lucky's Market signed a lease for space at the Buffalo Ridge Center, the new name for the Horizon Outlet Mall currently under redevelopment by TC Center Partners LLC.

"There was a lot of interest and demand from the Grand Traverse region for a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's kind of store," said TC Partners representative Joe Sarafa. "Lucky's is the best of both worlds. Lots of organics, lots of local, lots of great prices and a great shopping atmosphere."

Lucky's Market is a chain of grocery stores based in Boulder, Colo. that opened stores in Columbia Mo., Ellisville Mo., Billings, Mont. and Louisville, Ky. in 2014. A store is scheduled to open in Ann Arbor in February. Existing stores are in Boulder and Longmont, Colo. and Columbus, Ohio.

The Traverse City store will offer in-house cured and smoked bacon, local produce, fresh seafood, beer and wine, ready-to-eat meals, a juice bar and bakery items. Lucky's stores sell meats untreated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones and host occasional wellness activities.

The Traverse City store will employ about 150 people. The store will be built where Carmike Horizon Cinema currently exists.

The Buffalo Ridge Center also will be home to a 14-screen IMAX theater, owned by Carmike Cinemas. The theater is scheduled to open in 2016.

No other tenants have signed leases for the property. Sarafa said TC Partners LLC doesn't target specific tenants but relies on mass marketing efforts to publicize the available property.

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