Smart & Final opened its 200th store Thursday at 644 Redondo Avenue in Long Beach, California. The opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony with local officials. The Los Angeles-based company says the milestone represents its continued growth and commitment to meeting modern consumer shopping needs, as well as its rich history and deep roots in Southern California.
“We’re excited to open the 200th store in Long Beach and look forward to meeting the everyday needs of local Long Beach household and business shoppers,” said store manager Don Sickel. “This store truly reflects Smart & Final’s unique approach to the shopping experience that differentiates us in the marketplace and has attracted a loyal customer following.”
Since opening its first store more than 140 years ago, Smart & Final says it has offered a unique shopping experience for the modern consumer. Smart & Final’s unique merchandising strategy emphasizes high-quality perishables, a wide selection of private label products, products tailored to business and food service customers and products offered in a broad range of sizes at competitive prices.
The company says it is rooted in a deep, homegrown culture of helping everyday people by providing value-oriented food and everyday staples for household and business customers. This dedication to putting customers first has resulted in strong and long-lasting relationships with local communities.
As part of the Long Beach store’s grand opening events, Smart & Final donated to two community organizations—The Long Beach Little League and the Greater Long Beach/Rio Hondo Chapter of the American Red Cross—during the associate friends and family celebration Wednesday evening.
“Whenever we open a store in a new community, we reach out to local nonprofits and businesses to find out where our contribution to the community could make the greatest impact,” said Jeanne Nash, district manager. “We are excited to announce the recipients of our donations this week.”
Smart & Final operates approximately 250 grocery and food service 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 13 stores in northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.
Smart & Final is The Shelby Report’s 2014 West Retailer of the Year. See the special supplement here.