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Smart & Final Extra! Store to Open January 8th at Jordan Downs Plaza in the Watts Neighborhood of Los Angeles

December 19, 2019 GMT


Smart & Final, the smaller, faster grocery warehouse store for household and business customers, will be opening its doors January 8 at Jordan Downs Plaza, a mixed-use public housing community in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood. The brand new grocery store is a vital part of the redevelopment of Jordan Downs. In an area that has faced the challenge of convenient access to nutritious food, the new store will not only provide employment opportunities in the community, but will establish easier accessibility to fresh, organic and quality foods.

Located at 9850 S. Laurel St., the 31,000-square-foot Smart & Final Extra! will provide shoppers with high-quality, USDA-certified meats, fresh produce, organics, frozen and packaged grocery items as well as personal care and household products. The new store will create 50 full- and part-time job opportunities. Those interested in applying for positions can visit smartandfinal.com/careers for information.

“We’re proud to be providing jobs and bringing convenient and easy access to fresh and healthy foods to this neighborhood,” said Aldo Duran, Store Manager of the new Smart & Final location. “We’re excited to be part of the redevelopment of Jordan Downs, and we’re looking forward to serving the community for many years to come.”

Built for factory workers during World War II, Jordan Downs was converted to low-income housing in the Watts community in the 1950s. The entire neighborhood is currently being revitalized in an effort to transform the area with new apartment complexes, restaurants, retail stores and parks. When completed, the property will offer about 1,400 residential units, all within walking distance to the retail complex.

“The Los Angeles South Chamber of Commerce welcomes Smart & Final to the community, and we are excited about our new partnership to help build and sustain our local economy,” said L.A. South Chamber President Dexter McLeod. “South Los Angeles, particularly Watts, has a high rate of unemployment, wealth disparity and food insecurity. By providing local jobs, healthy food options and community outreach programs, Smart & Final will be a beacon of hope in the community.”

Store features will include:

The ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 and in celebration of the opening, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation will be making a donation to several local-based charities - Parents of Watts, The Harold Robinson Foundation and A Place Called Home. The donations are part of Smart & Final’s commitment to supporting organizations and causes in the communities where it operates.

For more information, visit SmartAndFinal.com.

About Smart & Final

Smart & Final is the smaller, faster grocery warehouse store, headquartered near Los Angeles in Commerce, California. Smart & Final’s 255 store locations offer quality products in a variety of sizes, saving customers time and money without a membership fee. Its larger format stores, Smart & Final Extra!, combine the warehouse store with traditional grocery offerings like farm-fresh produce and natural and organic options, to provide a one-stop shop for all. In business since 1871, Smart & Final remains committed to giving back to its communities through employee volunteer opportunities and donations to local nonprofits.

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