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Business Observer Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 3 weeks ago

Publix to acquire one area Lucky’s Market location

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Lakeland-based grocer and Aldi plan to acquire 11 locations from the chain, which recently filed for bankruptcy.

NAPLES — Publix is under contract to purchase leases of five Lucky’s Market locations in Florida, including the one in Naples at 3815 Tamiami Trail E.

Lucky's Market announced Jan. 27 that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and signed agreements with Aldi and Publix Super Markets Inc. to acquire 11 of its locations. A Publix official, in an email to the Jacksonville Daily Record, sister paper of the Business Observer, confirmed the locations the Lakeland grocer has targeted for purchase.

“We are under contract to purchase five Lucky's leases with locations in Clermont, Naples, Neptune Beach, Orlando and Ormond Beach,” wrote Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous in a Jan. 27 note to the Daily Record. “We are currently in the due diligence process.”

No other Lucky’s Market locations on the west coast of Florida are among the ones announced for take over by Publix or Aldi.

Dan Gavin, Aldi U.S., vice president of national real estate, issued a statement that it is negotiating to buy several Lucky’s locations in Florida but did not say which ones, the Daily Record reports.

“We can confirm ALDI is in negotiations to acquire several Lucky’s Market locations in Florida. Among other innovative real estate strategies, site acquisitions are an important part of our growth efforts. We are pleased to continue to invest in Florida,” Gavin says. “We opened our first ALDI stores in the Sunshine State in 2008 and now operate two distribution centers and 144 store locations, with plans to open as many as 20 more stores in Florida this year.”

 

 

 

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