Smart & Final Stores, Inc. Opens 33 Stores in California

by Katie Lee

Commerce, Calif. — As part of its aggressive growth plan, Smart & Final, one of the longest continuously-operating food retailers in the U.S., has opened 33 Smart & Final Extra! stores in California. The locations, which were acquired in December 2015, were previously operated under the Haggen banner.

The transition and re-opening of the 33 stores was a considerable undertaking that has allowed Smart & Final to make significant strides in achieving its Project 100 Initiative goal of opening 100 new stores over the next 4 years. In opening the 33 stores, Smart & Final has increased its presence in the important Los Angeles and Orange County markets, and doubled store count in the California Central Coast and San Diego.

Smart & Final offers a one-stop shopping experience where businesses, clubs and organizations, as well as household shoppers, can fulfill their grocery needs while also stocking up on thousands of club-size products, all without a membership fee.

“I’m excited that these 33 new stores provide an opportunity for Smart & Final to reach more customers with our unique offering, broad range of products and dedicated staff, and am confident that our brand promise will continue to give us a competitive edge in this market,” says CEO Dave Hirz.

Between January 20, 2016 and May 11, 2016, Smart & Final opened 11 Smart & Final Extra! stores in the San Diego area, seven in Los Angeles County, four in Orange County, three in Ventura County, four in the Central Coast, and two in the Inland Empire — all of which were formerly operated under the Haggen banner — and one additional non-Haggen location in Sacramento County.

Currently, Smart & Final operates 306 stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Idaho, including 251 Smart & Final banner stores, 160 of which are Smart & Final Extra! format stores.

SOURCE: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

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