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November 4, 2009 > Smart & Final 'Extra' comes to Union City

Smart & Final 'Extra' comes to Union City

By Ritu Jha
Photos By Ritu Jha

Roger and Johanne Kylor were at the head of the long queue of hundreds of people eagerly waiting for the warehouse, grocery chain Smart & Final to open its doors for the first time at Union Landing on Tuesday, October 20. The 28,000 sq. ft. store is at 31070 Dyer St, Union City.

"It's something different, compared to Lucky and Wal-Mart," said Kylor, who has lived in Union City for 26 years.

"It's pretty good we have Smart & Final here. They stock smaller stuff compared to Costco," said another shopper Liz Quintana who lives on the border of Hayward and Union City.

"Some of the products are cheaper and it's better than other stores," said Gaddie Gaio who came from Fremont to buy groceries.

Union City's Vice-Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci cut the ribbon to open this Smart &Final store which is rolled out with the "Extra" concept.

"It's a great day, today. Jobs have been created and this is a good location," said Dutra-Vernaci. "This is a great deal for everyone and will be a success."

"We're very happy. We have produced jobs and we are very positive," added City Manager Larry Cheeves.

Gracia Manzo, the new store's Assistant Manager, directed the crowd that poured in by the hundreds. She was expecting 1,000 people in five hours.

"We are very excited and have worked very hard for this day," said Manzo, who has been with Smart & Final for eight years. "We have our own style and our produce is better."

"'Extra' is a new concept the company started in 2008. These stores are larger than the typical Smart & Final. 'Extra' covers 25,000 to 35,000 sq. ft. and general stores are about 17,000 sq. ft.," explained Rondall Oliver, Director of Corporate Communications, Smart & Final.

"Here we have a very different selection of products with over 5,000 items. These stores are very popular and we are planning more in the Bay Area," concluded Oliver.

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