LOS ANGELES - Smart & Final is commemorating its 150th Anniversary in 2021. Smart & Final’s history dates back to 1871 when it was founded in Los Angeles under the name Hellman-Hass Grocery Co.  

With more than 250 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, it stands as one of the oldest and longest continually operating food retailers in the United States, according to the company. 

“Smart & Final’s 150-year history is a testament to the tremendous value and service we have provided our customers for more than a century and a half,” said Dave Hirz , Smart & Final's chief executive officer. “We are proud of our deep connections to the communities we serve. Thousands of our associates live and work in Smart & Final neighborhoods, and our Charitable Foundation works tirelessly to improve the quality of life and nourish our local communities through the support of local non-profit organizations.” 

With celebrations put on hold during the past year, Smart & Final is encouraging customers to share their summer festivities in a “Cheers to 150 Years” social media contest. Now through July 5, customers who share a photo of how they’re celebrating this summer — a vintage party throwback pic or their favorite party recipe, for example — will have a chance to win a $150 Smart & Final gift card. 

Smart & Final offers traditional grocery products at low prices, along with the club-sized offerings of a warehouse store, in locations that don’t require a membership fee. Uniquely positioned as the “One Trip & That’s It” store for both household and business customers, as well as anyone entertaining or serving large groups, Smart & Final has enjoyed being a part of their customers’ special family moments for generations.  

Additionally, throughout 2021 Smart & Final will publish a special series of #TBT (#ThrowBackThursday) posts highlighting some of Smart & Final’s best historical photos. Trivia buffs following Smart & Final on Instagram (@smartfinal) also will enjoy history quizzes on stories with $25 gift cards being awarded weekly.