Lucky California Flagship Store Readies for Reopening With New Team Members

Pleasanton, Calif. — Final touches are being made in preparation for the grand opening of Lucky California’s newly remodeled flagship store and innovation lab on May 12 in Pleasanton, Calif. The neighborhood grocery store has been extensively remodeled and rebranded from Lucky to Lucky California.

The Eatery offers tri tip barbeque and juicy burgers, create your own noodle and rice bowls, familiar comfort food favorites, and fusion burritos with savory Indian, Chinese and Korean sauces. Everything is made fresh. Eatery meals can be enjoyed at the outdoor patio, taken to go or mobile ordered for delivery on Door Dash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

The Drinkery is where guests can pick up their morning coffee or juice, an afternoon lemonade or smoothie, or an after-work beer or glass of local Livermore Valley wine.

The Entertaining Island is a finger-food nirvana and the perfect place to find delicious bites for entertaining or everyday enjoying. The team at the Entertaining Island will help guests create their own social media-worthy charcuterie and cheese boards from the incredible array of meat and cheeses, including local selections. There’s also custom-made dips, salsa, guacamole and hummus, olives, antipasto, and fresh-cut herbs, fruit and veggies, and all priced to fit every budget.

The Demo Station features interactive cooking demonstrations that are fun and easy for home chefs of every level. The Demo Station will offer pre-made sauces and sides, and meal kit solutions complete with pre-measured, pre-cut ingredients.

The Meat & Seafood Grill will provide recommendations on everything from selecting the right cut to seasoning and marinating.

Pleasanton’s new store director and management team are eager to welcome guests and are grateful for the community’s patience while the store was closed during renovation. Throughout construction, Lucky California’s full-service pharmacy remained open.

New team members at Lucky California Pleasanton include:

Store Director – Mario Guerrero

New store director Mario joined The Save Mart Companies (parent company of Lucky California/Lucky) in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in the grocery industry. Guerrero has overseen store renovations and grand reopenings at several Lucky California stores throughout the Bay Area.

Center Store Market Manager – Anthony Garcia

Anthony Garcia is taking on the role of center store market manager for the Lucky California Pleasanton store. He will oversee all aspects of the center store departments, including signature programs and items that are unique to Lucky California. Garcia has worked for The Save Mart Companies for 20 years; previously, he served as the assistant store manager at the Lucky store in Pinole, Calif.

Fresh Market Manager – Ruben Alvarez

As the fresh market manager, Ruben Alvarez will oversee the operations of the new and innovative fresh-made prepared foods. He brings several years of high-profile hospitality and foodservice experience, most recently serving as a director of banquets and food and beverage operations manager at a Bay Area hotel.

Guest Services Manager – Melissa Hershey

Melissa Hershey joins Lucky California as the guest services manager overseeing all aspects of providing a remarkable shopping experience to guests throughout the store. She brings more than 15 years of management experience in the food and beverage industry. Most recently, Hershey managed all food and beverage operations for a San Francisco hotel.

Lucky California and Lucky stores have 68 locations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Lucky California is part of The Save Mart Companies, the largest family-owned grocer in California that operates 204 stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky California, Lucky, FoodMaxx and MaxxValue Foods. For more information, visit



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