Lucky's Market named as new anchor for Apopka retail center redevelopment

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New development, construction and marketing plans affirm Lucky's Market is pursuing its eighth Greater Orlando store in the Wekiva Riverwalk shopping center in Apopka later this year.

The Apopka City Council will vote next Wednesday on the final Development Plan for the project, which involves demolition and then redevelopment of the northeast corner of the shopping center at Wekiva Springs Road and East Semoran Boulevard (S.R. 436). On Tuesday, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the plan.

The applicant is Boca-Raton-based Woolbright Development, which owns Wekiva Riverwalk and will handle redevelopment and leasing. Woolbright and Lucky’s Market declined to comment on Thursday. 

GrowthSpotter first reported in late January on the Woolbright-Lucky's pending contract. 

Apopka city officials this week, and Woolbright marketing materials, confirm Lucky's Market as one of the new anchor tenants in Wekiva Riverwalk. 

Plans Woolbright submitted to the St. Johns River Water Management District this month show the company wants to demolish part of the northeast corner of the shopping center, and expand the existing retail area by construction of a new building with a larger footprint to make way for the 28,600-square-foot grocery store.

The overall shopping area at Wekiva Riverwalk now covers 229,735 square feet, but that will grow to 259,399 square feet with the retail expansion at the 24.7-acre center, according to filings with SJRWMD.

The shopping center is now anchored by Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco and United Artists Movie Theaters. Recent improvements to the retail center include new landscaping and color schemes and parking lot. New inline tenants are being brought in.

The new grocery store would add space to the center while also absorbing the space of current tenants Anytime Fitness, Hair Design Institute and Garibaldi’s Mexican restaurant.  

Apopka is a growing residential submarket drawing new retailers in recent years. Its population growth between 2010 and 2016 topped 18 percent, outpacing the city of Orlando, Tampa and state of Florida as a whole, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Lucky's Market has seven other locations in Greater Orlando further along in the development pipeline, most recently at the Griffin Farm Town Center project in Lake Mary.

In late January, the company announced plans to lease a vacant Sports Authority space near downtown Orlando at 3230 E. Colonial Dr., across from Orlando Fashion Square Mall. A fall opening is estimated there. 

The company announced last year it had four new stores in the pipeline for Greater Orlando, not counting the new Apopka site. Those four submarkets named were Hunter's Creek/Kissimmee, Winter Park, Clermont, and the SoDo district in downtown Orlando.

The SoDo location is a mixed-use development at S. Orange and Pineloch avenues where vertical construction is underway. The Winter Park location should be complete late this year in a former Winn-Dixie anchor space in the Unigold Shopping Center, and the Clermont location opened this spring in a former Sweetbay Supermarket space. 

Lucky's first area store is in east Orlando at 11750 E. Colonial Dr., on the intersection with Alafaya Trail, which marked its market entry in June 2016.

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