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A young man of 16, Abraham Haas, emigrated from Bavaria and settled in the area of dusty roads and adobe buildings of what would become the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, California. In 1871, along with his brother Jacob and two partners, Herman Hellman and Bernard Cohn, Abraham Haas opened the first Hellman, Haas & Co. grocery and dry goods mercantile store.

The first facility was lodged in a brick building where clerks scrambled around the two-story structure assembling customer orders with essential bulk items such as sugar, salt, and flour, augmented by the standard staples of the day which included chewing tobacco, livestock feed and patent medicines.

These early pioneers of the modern grocery warehouse were also active in the shaping of Los Angeles and California history.

Herman Hellman would sell his interest in the mercantile store to Jacob Baruch in 1889 and the store would be renamed Haas, Baruch & Co. while Hellman was instrumental in establishing the Farmers and Merchants Bank and aced as a founding father of the University of Southern California.

How Smart and Final Came to Be

Abraham Haas would segue his interests into cold storage techniques and flour milling while also leading the industry in setting up the first public utility companies in southern California.

Meanwhile, Haas, Baruch & Co. continued to grow by catering to the ethnic groups that flocked to Los Angeles as well as though whose roots were grounded in the area for centuries. Mexican Americans, Native Americans and a growing fledgling community of immigrants from the mainland of China shopped at the mercantile for familiar items of their own cultural backgrounds.

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Early Growth

By 1895, sales reached $2 million, an impressive amount in that day and age. The company also began producing its own canned goods, marketing tomatoes under the brand name Iris. Over the next twenty years as the population of Los Angeles grew from 6,000 to over 1 million, Haas, Baruch & Co. grew with it.

Nevertheless, change was coming and it was in the form of a banking executive from Michigan, J.S. Smart, who relocated to California in 1914 and purchased the Santa Ana Wholesale Company, a feed and grain supply store. Joined shortly thereafter by his partner, H.D. Final, the two renamed their store Smart & Final and moved the business to San Pedro. By 1920, Smart & Final grossed over $10 million in sales.

Competition in the wholesale grocery business became intense during the following years. Increasingly, grocery stores were competing with one another by bypassing the wholesaler and buying directly from manufacturers. However, it was Smart who first introduced the concept of “cash and carry” to the Los Angeles area. It was a novel concept which allowed customers to fill their own orders and then take them to a checkout area to pay for their purchases.

Smart and Final During World War 2

Smart & Final were able to bolster their business by winning military supply contracts during World War II. Once the war ended, Smart & Final expanded the supply contracts to include local clubs, organizations and churches.

By 1950, Smart & Final operated over 60 stores and in 1953, they acquired Haas, Baruch & Co. and the rights to the Iris brand of products established by the original founders of Haas, Baruch & Co. The Iris brand name was added to the company’s name and the newly merged company was called Smart & Final Iris Co. and the base of the operation moved to the former warehouse site of Haas, Baruch & Co. in Vernon, California.

Two years later, Smart & Final Iris Co. was acquired by the Thriftimart chain of grocery stores.

The Smart and Final of Today

Today, Smart & Final continues to deliver quality customer service, convenient store locations and low warehouse values. It is the United States’ largest warehouse grocery chain and operates 140 stores in California and 20 more situated in Arizona, Florida, Nevada and Mexico.


Their product lists range from freezer-deli items to paper goods, all sold in bulk or industrial quantities or sizes. The private labels have been expanded from the Iris brand to include Smart Buy, Montecito and the Table Queen labels. These company-owned labels produce one quarter of the chain’s revenue each year.

Business Process

Two-thirds of their business consists of small businesses, organizations and clubs and the company also acts as food service distributors under the subsidiaries Henry Lee Company and Port Stockton in Florida and along the west coast of the United States. However, the general public is always welcome at Smart & Final warehouse stores where clerks are pleasantly available to help with catering and party needs as well as delivering exceptional customer service.

Smart and Final Coupons

The best place to find coupons for Smart & Final is on the company’s website. It is user-friendly and a zip code entry brings not only the closest locations but a online circular for each store. The circular is made of several pages of sales, discounts and coupons which are printable on a home computer.

The circulars are also available in-store and through mailings and community flyers. A typical circular can include coupons offering such discounts as $10 off with a purchase of $40.00 of frozen foods, good for an entire month, and an additional $2.00 off coupon for popular frozen foods like DiGiorno or Tombstone pizza.

The website also contains wonderful recipes, store locations, a section devoted to entertainment, meal planning and catering as well as a checklist for emergency staples and resources in case of a natural disaster.

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