Friday, January 29, 2016

The Two Lucky's Compared

I've mentioned many times here how I'm a great fan of Lucky's Market, but its north Boulder location is rarely in my travel plans. This week, I just happen to have sale flyers from both the Boulder and Longmont stores, and it's fun to see how they adjust to those different markets.

In the meat department, Lucky's in Boulder maintains "never, ever" strict standards, while the one in Longmont caters to its market with some looser "all natural" designations. For instance, this week (through February 3rd), if you are looking for top round roast, you'll find Pasture One with "never, ever" standards for $7.99 a pound at the Boulder store, while the Longmont one is offering Iowa Premium for the considerably lower $4.99 a pound. Made-in-house Italian chicken sausage is $4.99 a pound on sale in Boulder, $2.99 a pound at the Longmont store (where it was $2.49 a pound last week). Both stores feature Pasture One grass fed brisket for $7.99 a pound, and Longmont has an Iowa Premium stunner of bone-in rib steaks for $6.99 a pound.

Fish specials at the two Lucky's look to be identical, with their very good house-made crab cakes $2.99 each, previously frozen wild domestic cod fillets great at $5.99 a pound, previously frozen cooked tail-on farmed shrimp (31/40 count peeled and deveined) $8.99 a pound, and previously frozen farmed whole cooked crawfish $2.99 a pound, nearly time for Mardi Gras.

I've also previously mentioned the Boulder store offers far more advertised specials on organic produce than the Longmont one, this week being four for Longmont, eight for Boulder. Both stores have organic broccoli, and garnet or jewel yams all $1.98 in common, while the Boulder store is also doing well on organic romas for $1.98 a pound, plus several others. Other departments in the stores look to be identical on sales, with the exceptions of bakery, bulk, and "The Kitchen" deli departments.

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