A new Smart and Final Extra will be opening the doors on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:00 am at the beautiful city of Arroyo Grande, CA. I was able to attend an invitation only event with another very nice blogger. The event took place on October 23rd at 5:00 pm. This is the first Smart and Final at Arroyo Grande (third one on the Central Coast), and it is the 56th Smart and Final Extra that has opened the doors in the U.S and it is located on 1464 E. Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande, California.
The first 250 guest will be given FREE SmartCash Cards randomly on the following denominations: $20, $30, $50 and $100.
I arrived to the event and was greeted by Randal Oliver, the Director of Corporate Communications doe Smart & Final. He provided me with a badge and invited me to tour the store. He explained that this store is located in a very strategic part of the city and that with about 28,000 square feet is larger than a typical Smart & Final store. The Smart & Final Extra stores are designed to carry more than 3,000 items on small family friendly sizes and also have fresh produce, meats and even baby products.
The event had music provided by a trio and beverages such as water, soda, sparkling cider and wine and coffee were available. There were also food stations with steak, chicken, salads and breads. Of course they also had dessert table, with cheesecake and ice cream. All the food served was great, but my favorite was the ice cream station.
After enjoying the great meal, there were speeches from the executives from Smart & Final and the Mayor. There was also a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Smart & Final also took the opportunity to five back to the community and awarded $2,500 charitable donation to the Arroyo Grande Valley Little League and 2.500 to the Boys & Girls Club of San Luis Obispo.
This was a great event and I overheard a lot of people talking about coming early to be in line for the store opening not only to be able to get some of the SmartCash cards, but also to start saving big with the great low prices the store offers. Be sure to stop by and shop at this great location.
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