Smart & Final Stores, Inc. Continues Rapid Growth In California, With All 33 Store Locations Acquired From Haggen Now Open For Business

COMMERCE, Calif., May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its aggressive growth plan, Smart & Final, one of the longest continuously-operating food retailers in the U.S., today announced all 33 lease locations it acquired in December 2015 which were operated under the Haggen banner are now open as Smart & Final Extra! stores.

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 four 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.

Each store opening created more than 50 new jobs, with Smart & Final hiring more than 1,900 associates to support the 33-store increase. Additionally, in line with its promise to give back to the communities in which it operates, for each new store opened, Smart & Final's Charitable Foundation™ made donations to local nonprofits, resulting in over $140,000 in philanthropic donations. Furthermore, through its "First Street First Percent" campaign, Smart & Final will donate the first one percent of net profits from the sale of its private label brand First Street® in US-based Smart & Final banner stores to the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation™ which supports local nonprofits such as Boys & Girls Clubs, food pantries and Little League organizations.

Smart & Final offers a one-stop shopping experience where businesses, clubs and organizations, as well as household shoppers, can fulfil their grocery needs while also stocking up on thousands of club-size products, all without a membership fee. All new stores feature Smart & Final's Extra! format, which includes expanded frozen, deli and meat sections, a full produce section, organic and natural food products, high quality perishables and meats, a wide selection of private label offerings, and unique products such as self-serve bulk goods by the pound and oven-roasted chicken. The company is also testing new merchandising initiatives including hot bakery, sushi and cut fruit offerings in select stores.

"The positive growth and momentum Smart & Final has experienced is a true reflection of our consistent focus on value, quality and convenience which has not gone unnoticed by today's savvy shopper," said Chief Executive Officer Dave Hirz. "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. I truly appreciate the dedication and effort of our associates to achieving this incredible milestone and want to welcome all of the new associates that have joined our team," Hirz added.

Between January 20th and May 11th of 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. As part of Project 100, the Company plans to open 100 new stores over a period of four years, in line with its 10 % annual unit growth plan, and to hire at least 5,000 new employees to staff those stores over the next four years. Smart & Final is approximately one year into Project 100, and almost one-third of the way towards meeting its goal of 100 new stores.

With several more stores slated to open this year, the Company will continue to focus on providing its household and business customers the quality, value and convenience that they have come to expect from Smart & Final stores.

Appealing to both businesses and households with its variety of offerings and different sizes, Smart & Final invites local residents to visit the new stores that have opened in their community.  As of May 11th, the following new Smart & Final store locations are now open:


Location

Address

1

Paso Robles

1191 E. Creston Road

2

Atascadero

8200 El Camino Real

3

San Luis Obispo

1321 Johnson Avenue

4

Santa Barbara

3943 State Street

5

Carpinteria

850 Linden Avenue

6

Ventura

7800 Telegraph Road

7

Simi Valley

5135 Los Angeles Avenue

8

Newbury Park

2100 Newbury Road

9

Westlake Village

5770 Lindero Canyon Road

10

Palmdale

5038 W Avenue North

11

Burbank

3830 W Verdugo Avenue

12

Redondo Beach

615 N. Pacific Coast Highway

13

Torrance

21035 Hawthorne Boulevard

14

San Pedro

1636 W 25th Street

15

Diamond Bar

240 S Diamond Bar Boulevard

16

Chino Hills

4200 Chino Hills Parkway

17

Yorba Linda

21500 Yorba Linda Boulevard

18

Trabuco Canyon

21672 Plano Trabuco Road

19

Laguna Niguel

30252 Crown Valley Parkway

20

Corona del Mar

3049 Coast Highway

21

Carlsbad

955 Carlsbad Village Drive

22

Santee

9870 Magnolia Avenue

23

El Cajon

13439 Camino Canada

24

El Cajon

2800 Fletcher Parkway

25

San Diego

10740 Westview Parkway

26

San Diego

2235 University Avenue

27

San Diego

10633 Tierra Santa Boulevard

28

La Mesa

3681 Avocado Avenue

29

Coronado

150 B Avenue

30

Chula Vista

360 East H Street

31

San Ysidro

350 W San Ysidro Boulevard

32

Redondo Beach

1516 S Pacific Coast Highway

33

Palm Desert

72675 Highway 111

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE:SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of March 27, 2016, the Company operated 290 grocery and foodservice stores under the "Smart & Final," "Smart & Final Extra!" and "Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice" banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

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