California-based grocer expands to Colorado this summer


Posted Tue, Mar 16, 2010

DENVER – Set to make their debut this summer, after buying five former Albertsons properties, SmartCo Foods will be a new place to shop for groceries and wholesale products.

The grocery company Smart & Final is jumping into the Colorado market, combining aspects of its Smart & Final and Henry’s stores. With opportunity to expand to the Denver area, Smart & Final did not hesitate to acquire five vacant Albertsons locations.

“The new stores will create over 500 new jobs in the Denver area,” says George Golleher, Smart & Final’s chairman and CEO. “We also will be opening a regional office in Denver and currently are searching to fill local leadership positions in store operations and buying.” Contact Smart & Final at for more information.

“Many products will be sourced locally. The stores will offer the best prices in town, fresh quality meats cut in-store, a large selection of natural and organic items, and an extensive bulk foods department sold from self-service bins,” says Randall Oliver, Smart & Final’s Director of Corporate Communications.

The stores purchased are located at 1442 S. Parker Road. and 5141 Chambers Rd. in Denver, 3615 W. Bowles in Littleton, 16746 E. Smoky Hill in Centennial, and 1750 N. Main in Longmont. Oliver went on to say all of the locations will “be open by the end of July.”

Smart & Final is known for being a go to warehouse for party merchandise and restaurant food supplies. The company is planning to overhaul its concept to carry a wider assortment of groceries to target all consumers. “SmartCo Foods is where you will find the quality and variety that your favorite supermarket offers, plus the bulk assortment and savings of your favorite warehouse club store.  You can buy a lot or buy a little; large or small sizes.  And you won’t pay a membership fee or need a club card. At SmartCo Foods you enjoy the best of your local supermarket, club outlet and specialty food store under one roof.  We are very focused on providing value and high quality to our customers,” Golleher says.

The SmartCo Foods stores that are planned to be opened are going to be twice the size of the other Smart & Final stores. Leaving room for more items the company plans to fill with “high-quality, value-priced products,” Golleher says. Smart & Final and Henry’s Farmers have provided discount groceries to California and Arizona for many years now with nearly 300 stores. It was ideal for the company to expand to Colorado, where their name is unheard of.

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One Response to “California-based grocer expands to Colorado this summer”

  1. Tammy Clemenson-Culver Says:

    Very sad to see such a great store leaving Longmont. I loved shopping at Smart Co, had everything and more that I needed. The bulk was the best around.


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