Historical Highlights


Herman Hellman, Jacob Haas and Bernard Cohn open Haas Grocery Co, which sold daily necessities including flour, brown sugar, salt, patent medicines, rope, sheepherding supplies, chewing tobacco and gunpowder.


Hass Grocery changes ownership and name is changed to Haas, Baruch & Co.


Haas, Baruch & Co. records annual sales of $2 million and begins to establish itself as Los Angeles’ preeminent wholesale grocer.


Santa Ana Grocery Company founded to supply feed and grain to local farmers


Santa Ana Grocery Company sold to J.S. "Jim" Smart who was joined by partner H.D. "Hildane" Final, and the company name changed to Smart & Final Wholesale Grocers.


Smart & Final Wholesale Grocers’ sales reached $19 million.


Smart & Final Wholesale merged with Haas, Baruch & Co., with Smart & Final the surviving company. Smart & Final relocated to Vernon, Calif.


Smart & Final acquired by a leading supermarket chain, Thriftimart, and grew to 83 units, before liquidating the Thriftmart stores later that year and focusing the Company’s resources on an aggressive Smart & Final store modernization and expansion program.

1980’s – 1990’s

Smart & Final expanded into Arizona and Nevada


Smart & Final acquired the Portland, Oregon-based Cash & Carry store chain (now called Smart Foodservice)


Smart & Final was acquired by the private equity firm Apollo Management and subsequently entered a new niche of food retailing through the purchase of 27 Southern California Henry’s Farmers Market Fresh stores and 8 Texas Sun Harvest stores.


Smart & Final debuted the Extra! format, with larger store footprints and an expanded merchandise selection, opening eight Smart & Final Extra! stores by year-end.


Smart & Final sold the Henry’s and Sun Harvest stores to Sprouts


Smart & Final was acquired by Ares Management, LLC.


Smart & Final Extra! conversions and new store openings accelerate, with a total of 8 conversions and 5 new Extra! stores opened.


Smart & Final completes an initial public offering and begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SFS”


Smart & Final Extra! store expansion continues with the acquisition of 33 former Haggen store leases in California.


As of the end of the Third Fiscal Quarter 2018 (October 7, 2018), Smart & Final Stores operates 324 grocery and foodservice stores under the "Smart & Final," "Smart & Final Extra!" and "Smart Foodservice" banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture.