Boulder, Colo.-based specialty store Lucky’s Market told SN it was in “congenial talks” with Albertsons LLC to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit over use of the Lucky name and logo.
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Albertsons and Save Mart filed suit against Lucky’s Market, seeking to prevent the retailer from using the name because of the potential for consumer confusion with the Lucky Supermarkets name owned by Albertsons and licensed to Save Mart, which operates stores under that banner in Nevada and California.
Lucky’s president Bo Sharon in a statement provided to SN said he was hopeful the groups would come to a mutually beneficial agreement in a matter of weeks.
The dispute comes about five years after Albertsons won the right to use the Lucky Stores name after a court dispute with West Coast discounter Grocery Outlet.
Berkeley, Calif.-based Grocery Outlet had placed the Lucky name on one of its stores in 2006, claiming that Albertsons had abandoned the trademark after converting former Lucky stores to the Albertsons banner in 1999.
In 2007, Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart acquired 130 Albertsons stores in Northern California and rebranded more than half of them with the Lucky banner through an agreement with Supervalu, which owned Albertsons at the time.
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