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New Smart & Final store opens in Burbank

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Smart & Final Extra! 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank March 30, 2016

Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G — Smart & Final Extra! 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank March 30, 2016

The new Smart & Final Extra! is open for business in Burbank. Smart & Final kicked off a soft opening on March 23 at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue. The warehouse, grocery, and discount chain is hoping it has the winning formula to make the location profitable. A couple of different supermarkets have occupied the space just in the past couple of years.

Back in December of 2014, it was an Albertson’s  market– but then the parent company sold it and more than a hundred others to Haggen, a Washington state based grocery store chain. Unfortunately, Haggen had a financial meltdown soon after the sale and ended up filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last September. Haggen put more than 100 of its newly acquired stores up for sale. Smart & Final put in a bid for the West Verdugo Avenue store last fall and it was accepted.

To introduce this Smart & Final Extra! to local businesses and the community, a “Customer Appreciation Day” is planned for next month. The event will be on Tuesday, April 12, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be special deals and hoopla like a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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3 Responses to New Smart & Final store opens in Burbank

  1. Al in SoCal Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 8:38 am #

    Is there any news about the Fresh & Easy store on Buena Vista & Victory across from Ralph’s or the one on Verdugo near Olive?

    I was hoping for an Aldi maybe.

  2. Fronnie Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

    Al,

    Sorry to disappoint you and many other hopefuls. Community Development Director Patrick Prescott says “Trader Joe’s and Aldi both passed on that property.” The former Fresh & Easy store at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue. However, Prescott says there is interest in the other location, Victory Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, from a credit union.

  3. Al in SoCal Friday, April 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Thanks for checking up on that! I’m so disappointed that Aldi passed up on the Verdugo one. =(

    Nice to know they were reached out to though.

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