Smart & Final announces the appointment of Derek Jones as president, Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice division

COMMERCE, Calif., 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final, the neighborhood warehouse grocery store for households and businesses, announced today that Derek Jones will be the new president of its Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice division. With 60 wholesale stores in six western states, Cash & Carry caters to the foodservice industry as a one-stop shop for large and small business needs. Jones will report to Smart & Final President and CEO Dave Hirz.

“This is an exciting period of growth for Cash & Carry, and we look forward to Derek’s support in delivering great results as we enter a brand new market for the second year in a row,” said Hirz. “He has the experience and track record to drive our ongoing expansion efforts in key markets, and we’re confident he’s the right person for this large, important part of our business.”

Jones comes to Smart & Final from SpartanNash Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a U.S. grocery distributor and retailer, where he was President and Executive Vice President, Wholesale and Distribution Operations. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles including EVP of Food Distribution, EVP of Retail Operations and EVP of Wholesale Operations. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his 26 years in the retail industry, spanning several positions in operations, distribution and supply chain at Unisource Worldwide, Office Depot, Walgreens and Wal-Mart Stores.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Jones is Principal and Business Advisor for Future Development Group, LLC, an organization aiming to provide places of learning, support and resources to students. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the National Grocers Association and on the Board of Directors for Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Headquartered near Portland, Oregon, Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice is a subsidiary of Smart & Final Stores, Inc. and has operated throughout the Northwest for more than 60 years. The division currently has 60 wholesale stores located in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada and Utah catering to the foodservice industry.

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 January 1, 2017, the Company operated 305 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for over 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

Media contact: press@smartandfinal.com

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Smart & Final ranked #5 in Food & Drug Stores category at FORTUNE’s 2017 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies”

COMMERCE, Calif., 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, was named to FORTUNE’s 2017 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Fortune’s annual list includes the world’s most respected and reputable companies across 51 industries, as ranked by executives, directors and analysts in those respective industries. Smart & Final ranked #5 in the industry category of Food & Drug Stores.

“We are grateful to receive this recognition as it reflects the passion and commitment of our people and our strong company culture,” said Dave Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smart & Final. “This honor is particularly rewarding because it is determined based on input from well-respected leaders within our industry.”

Fortune partners with global management consulting firm Korn Ferry Hay Group on its annual survey of corporate reputations. To determine the best-regarded companies in 51 industries, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

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 October 9, 2016, the Company operated 304 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.

Media Contact:
press@smartandfinal.com

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Elaine Rubin elected to Smart & Final Stores’ board of directors

COMMERCE , Calif., 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:SFS), today announced the election of Elaine Rubin to its board of directors (the “Board”), effective January 5, 2017.

Dave Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “With 145 years of history at Smart & Final, it’s as important as ever to evolve the ways we listen to and engage with our customers, which is why Elaine Rubin will be an excellent addition to our board of directors. Elaine’s extensive board and management experience in ecommerce and digital retail will provide valuable perspectives and insights on our customer-centric business. We’re pleased to have her join our Board as Smart & Final continues its growth plan and works to provide innovative offerings to its customers.”

Ms. Rubin is the founder and president of Digital Prophets Network, a consulting, advisory and executive placement firm, with a network of more than 150 certified digital and retail commerce experts. Elaine personally has more than 20 years of executive management and advisory experience in projecting, developing and managing ecommerce, digital, marketing, retail and direct-to-consumer businesses, ranging from leadership positions at 1800flowers.com, iVillage.com and amazon.com, and helping brands like Pier1 Imports and elf cosmetics develop their dotcom digital strategies. As a direct-to-consumer business and multichannel marketing pioneer with strategic and operational experience in retail, she is best known in the industry as the founder of Shop.org, the digital division of National Retail Federation (NRF).

Ms. Rubin is actively engaged as a board member of Blue Nile (NILE;NASDAQ), a board member of Moosejaw Mountaineering (a private company dedicated to outdoor fun), an advisor to Hint Inc. (a private company dedicated to healthy beverage consumption), a member of the Shop.org Think Tank, and co-founder of Retreat & Disrupt (an invite only digital leader’s summit).

Previously, Ms. Rubin served as founder, chairman and board member of Shop.org, board member and recipient of the Silver Plaque Award for service to NRF, and retail advisory board member for Hilco Global.

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 October 9, 2016, the Company operated 304 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.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this release that are not historical information contain forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. The Company derives many of its forward-looking statements from its operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While the Company believes that its assumptions are reasonable, it is difficult to predict the impact of known factors and, of course, it is impossible to anticipate all factors that could affect actual results. These factors are discussed in the special note concerning “Forward-Looking Statements,” “Risk Factors,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and “Business” sections and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by the Company herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these events or how they may affect it. The Company has no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.

INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Laura Bainbridge / Andrew Greenebaum
Addo Investor Relations
O: 310.829.5400
investors@smartandfinal.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@smartandfinal.com

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Smart & Final Stores, Inc. elects Elaine Rubin to its board of directors

COMMERCE , Calif.,, 2017-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:SFS), today (January 9, 2017)  announced the election of Elaine Rubin to its board of directors (the “Board”), effective January 5, 2017.

Dave Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “With 145 years of history at Smart & Final, it’s as important as ever to evolve the ways we listen to and engage with our customers, which is why Elaine Rubin will be an excellent addition to our board of directors. Elaine’s extensive board and management experience in ecommerce and digital retail will provide valuable perspectives and insights on our customer-centric business. We’re pleased to have her join our Board as Smart & Final continues its growth plan and works to provide innovative offerings to its customers.”

Ms. Rubin is the founder and president of Digital Prophets Network, a consulting, advisory and executive placement firm, with a network of more than 150 certified digital and retail commerce experts. Elaine personally has more than 20 years of executive management and advisory experience in projecting, developing and managing ecommerce, digital, marketing, retail and direct-to-consumer businesses, ranging from leadership positions at 1800flowers.com, iVillage.com and amazon.com, and helping brands like Pier1 Imports and elf cosmetics develop their dotcom digital strategies. As a direct-to-consumer business and multichannel marketing pioneer with strategic and operational experience in retail, she is best known in the industry as the founder of Shop.org, the digital division of National Retail Federation (NRF).

Ms. Rubin is actively engaged as a board member of Blue Nile (NILE;NASDAQ), a board member of Moosejaw Mountaineering (a private company dedicated to outdoor fun), an advisor to Hint Inc. (a private company dedicated to healthy beverage consumption), a member of the Shop.org Think Tank, and co-founder of Retreat & Disrupt (an invite only digital leader’s summit).

Previously, Ms. Rubin served as founder, chairman and board member of Shop.org, board member and recipient of the Silver Plaque Award for service to NRF, and retail advisory board member for Hilco Global.

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 October 9, 2016, the Company operated 304 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.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this release that are not historical information contain forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. The Company derives many of its forward-looking statements from its operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While the Company believes that its assumptions are reasonable, it is difficult to predict the impact of known factors and, of course, it is impossible to anticipate all factors that could affect actual results. These factors are discussed in the special note concerning “Forward-Looking Statements,” “Risk Factors,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and “Business” sections and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by the Company herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these events or how they may affect it. The Company has no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.

INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Laura Bainbridge / Andrew Greenebaum
Addo Investor Relations
O: 310.829.5400
investors@smartandfinal.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@smartandfinal.com

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Smart & Final celebrates its 145 years of service with sweepstakes to give away SmartCash Gift Card and 2016 Smart Car

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final, a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer for household and business customers, will celebrate 145 years as a provider to the communities it serves with a sweepstakes to award a 2016 Smart Car to one lucky winner. To show its appreciation in every neighborhood Smart & Final resides, a $145 SmartCash Gift Card ® will also be awarded to a winner at each of the 248 stores in the western United States.

During the sweepstakes, from November 2 through December 6, 2016, customers who spend $50 on groceries at Smart & Final stores will receive a code to be able to enter online to be eligible for one of the prizes.

“The sweepstakes is another way of saying thank you to our customers and the communities we have served for 145 years,” said Dave Hirz, Smart & Final President & CEO. “It honors the long history of our company, which first opened its doors in Los Angeles as the Hellman-Hass Grocery Company in 1871. We’re proud of our heritage and growth in this region, with Smart & Final and Smart & Final Extra! stores today extending through California, Arizona and Nevada.”

The Smart & Final brand came into existence when the Santa Ana Wholesale Grocery Company, formed in 1912, was acquired in 1915 by Jim Smart and Hildane Final, who changed the name to Smart & Final Wholesale Grocery Company. The two innovators were the first to introduce the “cash-and-carry” warehouse concept for shopping.

Following a number of mergers and acquisitions over several decades for both companies, Smart & Final Wholesale Grocery Company acquired Hass-Baruch & Co. in 1953, forming the Smart & Final Iris Co., of which today’s brand is a direct descendant. Through this evolution, it has remained committed to adapting to the changing needs of the neighborhoods it serves, most notably through its 2008 introduction of Smart & Final Extra! stores. Uniquely positioned to offer time- and money-savings for both household and business customers, Smart & Final Extra! stores include expanded fresh and frozen products, organic and natural products, bulk foods, oven-roasted chicken and many other items sold in convenient sizes. In addition, all Smart & Final stores continue to offer 50% more club-size items than a traditional club store, with no membership fee required.

“Through the many decades of incredible growth, Smart & Final has remained dedicated to providing for our friends and neighbors, and we do this by serving both household and business customers with quality products at low prices,” said Hirz. “We like to think that one of our great founders, Jim Smart, would be pleased to hear there is a modern car bearing his name, and that we are giving one away on the occasion of our 145th anniversary,” he said.

Today, Smart & Final is a public company with shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Sweepstakes Kickoff Event

A Smart & Final’s “Flavors of Fall” sweepstakes kickoff event will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Smart & Final Extra! store in Burbank. Shoppers can see the Smart Car and sample seasonal foods, craft beers and wine, and also get cooking tips from experts on party planning and fall recipes. The event will run from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 3838 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank CA.

Official Sweepstakes Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of residents of Arizona, California and Nevada, 18 years or older at time of entry. Entries must be received by 11:59PM (ET) on 12/06/16. Click here for Entry Details.Click here for Official Rules, including specifics on free alternate method of entry and prize details. Prize illustrated is not representative of the make or model or color of the car to be awarded. Sponsor: Smart & Final Stores LLC. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored by, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Smart Car.

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 October 9, 2016, the Company operated 304 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.

Media Contact:
Karena Bibbins
Burson-Marsteller for Smart & Final
(310) 309-6663
press@smartandfinal.com

SOURCE: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

Smart & Final converts 33 Haggen stores into Smart & Final Extra! stores

New Smart & Final Extra! format answers the call for a one-stop shopping experience in a highly competitive grocery market, creates over 1,900 new jobs and more than $140,000 in philanthropic donations in four months

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  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 inVentura 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 inSacramento 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 & FinalExtra! 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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Smart & Final launches new giving campaign, First Street First Percent

Grocer gives first percent of net profits to support local nonprofits

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-Feb-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Feb. 17, 2016), Smart & Final, the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, announced the launch of its new giving campaign, First Street First Percent, which donates the first one percent of net profits from the sale of its First Street® private label brand products at its US-based Smart & Final banner stores inCalifornia, Nevada and Arizona to the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation™ to support local nonprofits.

“Smart & Final has a long history of giving back to the communities we serve. With our newFirst Street First Percent program, we are taking our community commitment to the next level,” said Smart & Final CEO Dave Hirz.

First Street, Smart & Final’s flagship private label brand, features more than 2,000 quality products and represents over 23 percent of Smart & Final’s total sales. Customers can find First Street® products across most categories throughout the store, from grocery, frozen and dairy to packaging and cleaning products.

Starting today, Smart & Final customers will see signage throughout the store that provides information about the First Street First Percent program and showcases how their purchase of First Street products can benefit local communities.

“Now when customers buy First Street products, our premier private label brand, they will be giving back to local communities through our Smart & Final Charitable Foundation,” Hirz said.

Through the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation, funds generated will support local nonprofits, e.g., food pantries, Little Leagues, Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Heart Association, Special Olympics, Olive Crest, local schools and many more.

“Buying First Street products will mean better playgrounds, more music in schools, more new uniforms and more meals for friends and neighbors in need,” he said.

Throughout the years, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation has donated millions of dollars to causes and organizations focused on four key areas – health and wellness, education, hunger relief, and team sports and youth development.

For more information about First Street First Percent, visit www.smartandfinal.com/firstpercent.

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer that serves household and business customers. The Company is headquartered inCommerce (located in Los Angeles), CA, where it was founded 145 years ago. As of January 3, 2016, the Company operated 276 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 northernMexico operated through a joint venture.

Smart & Final Charitable Foundation, located at 600 Citadel Drive Commerce CA 90040, is a nonprofit charitable organization that donates to local charities and other non-profit organizations. No part of the purchase price for the First Street First Percent program may be deducted as a charitable contribution.

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Smart & Final Stores marks one-year anniversary of its listing as a public company on NYSE

Project 100 Growth Plan Will Build on Company’s Accelerated “Extra!” Format ExpansionUnique Market Offering, Broad Range of Differentiated Products and Dedication to Strong Customer Relationships Resonate Powerfully with Consumers

NEW YORK, 2015-9-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (“Smart & Final” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SFS), a value and quality-oriented food and everyday staples retailer that serves household and business customers, today marks the one-year anniversary of its listing as a public company on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). This one-year milestone celebrates “Project 100”, the continuation of the Company’s accelerated expansion plan focused on its “Extra!” and Cash & Carry format stores.   Project 100 is Smart & Final’s growth and community plan that calls for opening 100 new stores, investment in 100 new neighborhood projects and 100 teams of new store employees.

Chief Executive Officer Dave Hirz will be joined this morning by Smart & Final senior management and members of the board of directors to ring The Opening Bell® at the NYSE inNew York City.

“We have achieved strong financial growth during our first year as a public company, and have accelerated the expansion of our “Extra!” store format. Building upon our established “Extra!” and Cash & Carry footprint throughout the Western United States, we are now focused on executing our Project 100 plan, which includes opening over 100 “Extra!” and Cash & Carry format stores in the next four years,” said Hirz. “We believe our consistent focus on value, quality and convenience resonates powerfully with our business and household consumers, and gives us an edge in a competitive market.”

Currently, Smart & Final operates 266 stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona,Nevada, and Idaho. As part of Project 100, the Company plans to open 100 new stores, in-line with the Company’s 10% annual unit growth plan, and to hire at least 5,000 new employees to staff those stores over the next four years. Additionally, with every store Smart & Final opens, the Company will continue to give back to the communities in which it operates via philanthropic donations and partnerships, solidifying its commitment to being a good neighborhood partner.

For more than 140 years, the Company has delivered quality products with exceptional value and shopping convenience to both household and business customers.  Smart & Final’s roots can be traced back to 1871 when the “Hellman, Haas & Co.,” was founded in the city of Los Angeles. In 1915, J.S. Smart and H.D. Final purchased the store and changed the name to Smart & Final.  The Company 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.

In its first year as a public company, Smart & Final has continued to launch several product and marketing initiatives to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers, from expanding its popular private label First Street and organic private label Sun Harvest to expanding natural produce selection in its stores and partnering with Instacart and Google Shopping for in-home and office delivery service.

Garvis Toler, NYSE’s Global Head of Capital Markets, added, “We are excited to welcome Smart & Final back to the New York Stock Exchange on the one-year anniversary of their initial public offering. Smart & Final is a valued member of the NYSE family of listed companies, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the company.”

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 September 22, 2015, the Company operated 266 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 stores in northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this release that are not historical information contain forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. The Company derives many of its forward-looking statements from its operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While the Company believes that its assumptions are reasonable, it is difficult to predict the impact of known factors and, of course, it is impossible to anticipate all factors that could affect actual results. These factors are discussed in the “Risk Factors,” “Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and “Business” sections and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by the Company herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these events or how they may affect it. The Company has no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.

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