Smart & Final Stores LLC approved as the purchaser of 32 Haggen store leases

COMMERCE, Calif., 2015-12-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc., (“Smart & Final” or the “Company”) (NYSE:SFS), a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer for household and business customers, today announced that its subsidiary, Smart & Final Stores LLC, has been approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delawareas the purchaser of 32 store leases – four of which are supplemental to Smart & Final’s previously announced stalking-horse bid – and related assets from affiliates of Haggen Holdings, LLC (“Haggen”) for a total cash purchase price of approximately $68 million, subject to certain adjustments. The transaction is expected to close during Smart & Final’s fiscal fourth quarter in 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to build upon our footprint in the important Californiamarket.  This strategic acquisition puts us ahead in ‘Project 100,’ our plan to open 100 new stores, add 100 new teams and invest in 100 new neighborhood projects in the next four years,” said Smart & Final CEO, David Hirz. “We continue to see significant room for growth within our existing markets. Through the acquisition of the Haggen stores, we will capture some of this opportunity. Our team looks forward to serving the communities of each new store,” said Hirz.

The Haggen acquisition will result in Smart & Final assuming the leases and acquiring certain associated assets of 32 closed stores in central and southern California. Smart & Final plans to convert the 32 stores to its Extra! store format, which includes: expanded frozen, deli and meat selections; warehouse club sizes as well as smaller, more convenient sizes; specialty products such as oven-roasted chicken and dry bulk goods by the pound; fresh seafood; fresh produce; and an expanded natural and organic product line.

Founded by J.S. Smart and H.D. Final, Smart & Final represents one of the longest continuously operated food retailers in the United States and has become a trusted community brand in the markets it serves. Appealing to both businesses and households with its variety of offerings and different sizes, Smart & Final Extra! stores offer quality, value and a convenient one-stop shopping experience.

As part of Project 100, Smart & Final plans to hire at least 5,000 new employees to staff new stores over the next four years. Additionally, with every store Smart & Final opens, the Company will continue to give back to the communities it serves via philanthropic donations and partnerships.

The acquisition includes the following California stores previously operated under the Haggen banner:

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

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value and quality-oriented food and everyday staples retailer that serves household and business customers. The Company is headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California, where it was founded over 140 years ago. As of October 4, 2015, the Company operated 270 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 16 Smart & Final stores in northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.

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