(July 20) Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart Supermarkets plans to bring back the Lucky name to 72 San Francisco-area stores that it purchased in February from Albertson’s LLC, Boise, Idaho.

The stores were Lucky-banner stores when Albertsons purchased and re-branded them in 1999, said Stacia Hill Levenfeld, spokeswoman for Save Mart.

Beginning the week of July 23, Save Mart plans to close each of the 72 stores for two days for remodeling. About eight stores are expected to be completed each week, Levenfeld said.

Produce departments are to be reset so they share the farmers market feel of Save Mart’s produce departments, with baskets holding fruit and vegetables, she said. The departments will not be relocated within the stores.

Produce is important to Save Mart stores because the company has headquarters in the heart of California’s Central Valley, home to many produce growers, Levenfeld said.

“The (Save Mart) brand has been built around relationships with local growers in the Central Valley,” she said.

Changes also include upgrading checkout technology, decreasing everyday prices and using the old Lucky banner. The stores also will remove Albertsons’ private label items and restock with Save Mart’s private label. It also plans to reinstate the old Lucky promise of “Three’s a Crowd,” meaning a store will open additional registers if there are three or more people in line.