Opening of new market on Lakewood Ranch Main Street pushed to December

Restaurants are open to partnering with Healthy Living for fresh produce

srocco@bradenton.comNovember 21, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Healthy Living Organic and Natural Market, the health food store originally set to open the first week of October on Main Street, is getting ready for its grand opening in mid-December.

"We're really wrapping everything up right now. Putting items on the shelves, fixing things," said co-owner Maria Rosabal. "We're waiting on the last shipment of groceries and produce. We need to get that two days before opening so it's all fresh."

The launch was set back by a lengthy installation of the store's point-of-sale system. The market, located at 10671 Boardwalk Loop, will now open the second week of December.

Healthy Living will sell everything from dairy to produce to frozen foods -- all without hormones and chemicals. The 12,000-square-foot market will have a section for vitamins and supplements and a made-from-scratch juice bar where employees will juice fruits and vegetables into different concoctions.

"I think the market will be great for Main Street and the Lakewood Ranch community, offering fresh organic juices and even a juice bar," said Julia DeCastro, property manager for Main Street, in an e-mail.

Main Street restaurants are considering using the store to buy fresh produce and other groceries.

The Polo Grill is open to partnering with the market as the restaurant already has a commitment to utilizing fresh and local food, said Chris Kohatsu, director of marketing and communications.

Karen Ronney, co-owner of MacAllisters Grill and Tavern, said she will also consider a partnership.

"It's something we have always thought about," she said.

"Especially since the store is on Main Street. It's right on our doorstep."

Sabrina Rocco, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7024. Follow her on Twitter@sabrinarocco.

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