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Smith’s Food & Drug Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Press Release

August 14, 2012

In 80 years, Smith’s has grown into 125 Food and Drug centers, 6 multi-department Smith’s Marketplace stores and 75 fuel stations throughout its home state of Utah and into Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona and Montana.

Dee Smith, founder, was an inspirational business leader and generous community supporter. These virtues have remained a part of Smith’s corporate culture even as the company has grown and become a part of the Kroger Co. family of stores since 1999. Today, Smith’s continues to lead the retail marketplace in many areas:

  • Smiths’ is recognized as an integral part of Utah’s business legacy, as a strong family-oriented company and generous community supporter. As one of Utah’s largest employers, more than 6,600 Smith’s associates work in 47 stores, division offices and the Layton Distribution Center. Advancement for associates is a priority, and Smith’s is investing $10 million in associate training in 2012, which includes optional Spanish language classes and 8-week manager development training. The company’s “Helping Hands Fund” offers financial assistance to associates who are faced with unexpected financial crisis because of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Smith’s is a committed partner to nonprofit work in Utah. The company, in partnership with associates, customers, suppliers and Kroger Foundation awarded $9.5 million in food and cash to Utah organizations in 2011. The company is on track to exceed that in 2012. Smith’s contributed to the Kroger Co.’s honor of being named by Forbes magazine as the most generous company in America in 2011, based on charitable giving measured as a percentage of pre-tax profits. In 2012, Smith’s is being honored by the Utah Food Industry Association as this year’s “Impact Award” recipient for its charitable giving.

Smith’s is a leader in providing a meaningful and enjoyable shopping experience for its customers by:

  • Creating a rewards card that offers up to $1 per gal saving on fuel at Smith’s and participating Shell stations, provides meaningful coupons to be sent to loyal customers, and on-line coupon downloads to the rewards card for easy savings on hundreds of items with no coupon clipping.
  • Enjoying savings and quality with the many lines of Kroger private label brand selections. Customers enjoy the savings and variety that they fill a third of their basket on average with Smith’s private labeled products.
  • Smith’s sustainability practices are multi-faceted and include creating Kroger’s first solar-powered store, reducing energy usage 35 percent since 2000, recycling the equivalent of 1 million plastic bags in used shrink wrap film and used shopping bags in one year, requiring suppliers to have humane animal-kill practices, setting sustainable seafood goals, and lightening the weight of pallets to reduce fuel consumption in deliveries.

To celebrate the company’s 80th anniversary in-store parties were hosted on Saturday, August 11.

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