Natural foods grocer Lucky’s Market will break ground in 2018 in Lowry, with anticipated completion in early 2019. The store, anchoring the new Boulevard One development at 1st Ave. and Quebec, will be part of a 200,000-square-foot commercial center that will include multiple restaurants, retail, entertainment and office spaces. Lucky’s, a $45 million project, will be phase one; the additional amenities will be phase two, which is planned for completion in 2020.
With the Lucky’s announcement, the Front Porch distribution area in NE Denver will have not one, but two natural foods grocers by 2019. Forest City announced in late June that Sprouts will break ground on a 30,000-square-foot store a block from the Central Park RTD A Line station.1
Lucky’s, a Boulder-based chain offering fresh, local and specialty foods, has two stores in Boulder, one in Longmont, and plans for one in Wheat Ridge in 2018. Lucky’s was started in 2003 by two chefs, Trish and Bo Sharon, when they bought a convenience store in Boulder with a vision “to create a grocery store where food lovers like themselves would want to shop.”
Phase one consists of a five- to six-building plan on the initial phase of the five-acre mixed-use center, with Lucky’s Market as the anchor tenant in a 25,000-square-foot space. This project, the only commercial development at Boulevard One, “is designed for residents and visitors to be able to dine, shop, work and entertain,” says Bob Koontz, principal of Kelmore Development, co-owner and co-developer of the site with Confluent Development.
A 350-unit luxury apartment complex is being built one block from the mixed-use site by Embrey Partners.2
Boulevard One is being constructed on a 70-acre parcel that is the last new neighborhood to be developed at Lowry. The cities of Denver and Aurora established the Lowry Redevelopment Authority to oversee the redevelopment of the 1,800-acre Lowry Air Force Base when it closed in 1994. The Boulevard One mixed-use project is currently beginning the design review process with the Lowry Redevelopment Authority.