KROGER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO WORK FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY
March 28, 2019
The Kroger Co. announced it earned a perfect score on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. The annual survey assesses non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care, competency programs and public engagements with the LGBTQ community.
SMITH'S WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT VISA CREDIT CARDS
March 1, 2019
Smith's will stop accepting Visa credit cards as a form of payment, beginning April 3, 2019. Smith's will continue to accept all other forms of payment including major credit cards such as Mastercard, Discover and American Express; cash and checks; electronic benefit transfer cards from SNAP and WIC programs; and Mastercard and VISA debit cards both with and without PIN and health savings cards. Smith's is offering all customers double the rewards points towards fuel purchases through May 21. Smith's invites customers to visit their local store to learn more.
SMITH'S DONATES 14 PALLETS OF NEW CLOTHES TO STUDENTS
November 26, 2018
Smith's has donated 14 pallets of new clothes and shoes to several local schools in the Granite School District. Some of the student beneficiaries received new clothes, rather than hand-me-downs or thrift store clothes, for the first time because of Smith's pop-up closet. The donation of 20,456 items of new clothing for children, women and men donated from Smith's has a retail value of $193,081 and will meet the basic clothing needs of more than 2,000 impoverished and low income students and their families. The donation of reclamation clothing supports the company's visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan which is aimed at ending hunger and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.
SMITH'S OPENS EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY
November 20, 2018
Smith's Food & Drug Stores has opened a food pantry at East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Smith's joined forces with the Salt Lake Education Foundation to ensure that students and their families don't go hungry. Approximately 60% of the student body are living below the poverty line (including 85-100 homeless students). There are roughly 1,300 students who are food insecure and the pantry will provide emergency food and will be a place families can learn about other community resources. According to Aubriana Martindale, Smith's Corporate Affairs Manager, "No child in the community we serve should ever go hungry and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste. Smith's seeks to give back to our communities in a meaningful way," she stated.
SMITH'S OPENS PANTRY AT SALT LAKE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
September 25, 2018
Smith's opened a food pantry at Granite Park Junior High School in Salt Lake City stocked with life-sustaining proteins such as fresh produce, dairy and meat. Ninety percent of the 602 students at the school are eligible for free or reduced lunch and many families are food insecure. Students who fight hunger suffer from an inability to concentrate, have lower test scores and often fall behind academically. Smith's is fighting against childhood hunger by accelerating food donations and utilizing waste reduction as part of a Zero Hunger | Zero Waste campaign.
EMPLOYEES OF SMITH'S CREATE 225,000 MEALS TO FEED HUNGRY FAMILIES
September 18, 2018
Employees of Smith's celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative by volunteering their time to create 225,000 meals to feed hungry families in the communities they serve. Each store packaged 250 individual dinner meal kits that were delivered to those in need by local food banks. The effort resulted in more than 3,500 volunteer hours or 150 days of service to the community by Smith's employees.
POUR IT FORWARD MILK DRIVE BENEFITS FOOD BANKS
September 1, 2018
Food banks in seven western states will benefit from Smith's "Pour It Forward Milk Drive". Through September 28, customers of Smith's have the ability to round up their grocery bill to the nearest dollar at checkout. Every donation will allow food banks to help deliver milk to a local family facing hunger. "Smith's has a duty to Feed the Human Spirit - to lift up families, communities and each other where food is concerned," said Aubriana Martindale of Smith's. "We are committed to promoting our vision of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste to eradicate hunger in the communities we serve and eliminate waste in the stores we operate."
SMITH'S LAUNCHES MOBILE APP TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING
July 16, 2018
Smith's has launched OptUP, an innovative data-driven app that helps customers make more informed, healthier purchase decisions. The free app provides users with a score indicating a product's nutritional attributes based on nationally recognized dietary guidelines. Customers can download the free OptUP app through the App Store and Google Play store.
SMITH'S ANNOUNCES SCAN BAG GO
May 15, 2018
Smith's has introduced a new technology in their stores called Scan, Bag, Go. This new service allows customers to use a wireless handheld scanner device to personally scan and bag their own groceries for a quicker, seamless checkout experience. Scan, Bag, Go redefines the customer experience and helps shoppers create a personalized experience, allowing them to download and view digital coupons, keeping a running total of their order, view the current week's sales ad and bag and sort their groceries based on their preferences.
DONATED CLOTHES AND SHOES BENEFIT LOCAL NON PROFITS
April 20, 2018
In support of Kroger's visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, Smith's donated 15 pallets of reclamation clothing for children and adults to several non-profits including: The Road Home, Catholic Community Services, Volunteers of America and Granite Education Foundation. The donation of 13,527 items of new clothing for men, women and children and 1,384 pairs of shoes from Smith's has a retail value of $331,662 and will meet the basic clothing needs of many homeless and impoverished people.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PANTRY DONATED BY SMITH'S
March 13, 2018
As part of Smith's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, Smith's donated $50,000 for the creation of The Smith's Food Pantry at David Gourley Elementary School in Kearns, Utah. The pantry will be stocked with life-sustaining proteins such as fresh produce, dairy and meat. By establishing this pantry, Smith's will be: accelerating food distribution by providing donations to food insecure children and families through efficient, direct distribution; providing more balanced and nutritious food through a monthly purchasing stipend; improving the health of the community through access to protein and fresh foods on a regular basic year round.
SMITH'S DONATES $1.2 MILLION TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
December 21, 2017
Smith's has donated $1.2 million to Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital in 2017, making Smith's the largest corporate contributor to the Hospital with a total $15 million donated to date. The donation is used to assist families throughout the Intermountain West who are unable to pay for the specialized care and medical costs of their child. Janet DeWolfe, Regional Development Officer at Primary's Children's Hospital said, "We thank Smith's for its dedication to helping us keep The Child First and Always in all that we do."
ZERO HUNGER | ZERO WASTE INITATIVE
September 19, 2017
Smith's and its parent company The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announces a new effort aimed at ending hunger and eliminating waste across the company by 2025. The Zero Hunger / Zero Waste plan includes bold commitments in keeping with the company's purpose to Feed the Human Spirit.
ST GEORGE MARKETPLACE OPENS AT DINOSAUR CROSSING
August 2, 2017
Smith's has opened a new Marketplace store at Dinosaur Crossing in St. George, Utah. This is the first marketplace store in Southern Utah and will add 257 new jobs to the area. A special art mural in the store, designed by artist Jodi McGregor, portrays the combination of dramatic colors of southern Utah combined with the rich history and prehistory of all its dwellers. Traces of fossilized dinosaur tracks are seen among the majestic cliffs.
SMITH’S LAUNCHES GROCERY HOME DELIVERY SERVICE
June 21, 2017
Customers of Smith’s now have the option of grocery home delivery from the Saratoga and Springville Marketplace stores via PigeonShip, a Utah-based delivery service provider. Utilizing Smith’s online grocery ordering service, ClickList, which offers more than 40,000 items from desktop or mobile devices, customers may now also choose home delivery as an option to curbside store pick up.
NEW MARKETPLACE STORES OPEN IN UTAH
May 24, 2017
Smith’s has opened two new Marketplace stores in Saratoga Springs and Springville, Utah, representing a total capital investment of $52 million for the two new locations and the addition of 400 net new jobs. The Saratoga Springs store replaces the nearby Smith’s Store at 1320 N. Redwood Road. The Springville location is the third marketplace store to open in Utah County. Smith’s now operates 54 stores in Utah.
COMMUNITY DONATIONS TOP $14 MILLION
March 27, 2017
Smith's has released its 2016 Report to the Community highlighting donations totaling $14.4 million in cash and products to more than 4,000 non-profit organizations throughout its seven states of operation. Combined charitable giving averaged $103,000 per store location or $780 per associate and was primarily focused on: fighting hunger, supporting local grassroots organizations, promoting women's health, and supporting the country's active military, veterans and their families.
WEST JORDAN SMITH'S COMPLETES $10M REMODEL
December 7, 2016
Smith's has cut the ribbon on its newly remodeled 170,000 square-foot multi department Smith's Marketplace store at 1820 West 9000 South in West Jordan. The $10 million investment has created a fresh new shopping experience including Starbucks; a cheese shop with specialty imported and local cheese selections; and the company's first barbecue station for selections of meat and side dishes.
EMPLOYEES TAKE OVER SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLES
December 2, 2016
Smith's employees volunteered as bell ringers in support of The Salvation Army's 126th Annual holiday fundraising campaign. This is the third year of the partnership which last year raised $38,000 for the charity on a single day. In 2015, Smith's division as a whole collected over $678,000 in Red Kettle donations.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER RECOGNIZES SMITH'S FOR ENERGY SAVINGS
November 14, 2016
Rocky Mountain Power in Salt Lake City named Smith's Food and Drug Stores as the 2016 wattsmart Business Partner of the Year in Utah for outstanding achievements and leadership in energy efficiency. Smith's added upgrades such as energy-efficient lighting, refrigeration and HVAC at all of it's 51 stores.
SMITH'S OPENS THIRD NEW STORE IN DAVIS COUNTY
November 8, 2016
A new Smith's store has opened at 614 West 2600 South in Woods Cross, Utah. This is third new store built in Davis County during the past 12 months, representing a total capital investment of $71 million in the area. An additional 100 individuals were hired to meet the service needs of the larger store.
SMITH'S PARTNERS WITH FEEDING AMERICA FOR FLU SHOTS
September 12, 2016
For each flu shot administered at a Smith's pharmacy until April 1, 2017, Smith's will donate a meal to the Feeding America organization, which in turn supports local food banks. Smith's goal is to provide quality and affordable healthcare to its customers, along with wellness education.
MARKETPLACE OPENS IN DAYBREAK COMMUNITY
August 31, 2016
A new Smith's Marketplace store has opened in the Trail Crossing Shopping Center in South Jordan, Utah. The multi-department store features a Murray Cheese Shop, Starbucks and Fred Meyer Jeweler. A specially commissioned art mural of South Jordan showing the local heritage of the area was painted by local artist Tracy O'Very Covey.
ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING INTRODUCED
August 8, 2016
Smith's invites its customers to try ClickList, an online grocery ordering services offering 40,000 items available from a desktop computer or mobile device for next-day, curbside pick up. ClickList includes no minimum order and includes over-the-counter health and beauty products. Some seasonal items, apparel, hot foods, liquor and pharmacy prescriptions cannot be purchased.
TENTH MARKETPLACE STORE OPENS IN WEST POINT
June 8, 2016
The tenth Smith's Marketplace store in Utah has opened in West Point City. The 123,000 square foot store offers a full-sized Smith's grocery selection including a wide selection of natural and organic goods; household necessities and decor; and apparel for the entire family. The store will net 250 new jobs in Davis County and is the first store among five under construction in Utah that will open in 2016.
SMITH'S DONATES $1.1 MILLION TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
June 3, 2016
Smith's announces a donation of $1.1 million dollars to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah from fundraising events in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Now in it's 24th year of annual fund raising for the hospital, Smith's continues to be the largest corporate contributor to support charity care for children and families in the Intermountain West.
KROGER NAMES NEW PRESIDENT OF SMITH'S
April 6, 2016
The Kroger Company has named Kenny Kimball to serve as President of Smith's Food and Drug Stores effective April 30. Mr. Kimball joined Smith's in 1984 as a courtesy clerk. Previously, he was Vice President of Merchandising and Operations for the Ralphs division in California.
AMERICAN RED CROSS HONORS SMITH'S
March 31, 2016
Smith's Food & Drug Stores received the 2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award from the American Red Cross Utah Region at the Heroes Recognition Event in Salt Lake City for outstanding assistance to help prevent and alleviate human suffering to those affected by disaster.
SMITH'S CHARITABLE DONATIONS TOP $13.8 MILLION
February 5, 2016
In 2015, Smith's donated $13.8 million in cash and food products to more than 2,670 non-profit organizations in seven states. Contributions are a result of partnerships with store associates, customers and suppliers. Supported areas include: hunger, children's hospitals, women's health programs and supporting soldiers through the USO.
GROUNDBREAKINGS FOR TWO MARKETPLACE STORES
January 25, 2016
Groundbreakings were held for two new Smith's Marketplace stores in Springville and Saratoga Springs, Utah. Smith's will anchor the 25-acre commercial development named "Springville Marketplace" and the 21-acre shopping center named "The Crossing." Both stores will be 123,000 square feet and offer complete grocery and fuel station. The anticipated completion date for both stores is late Fall 2016.
EMPLOYEES VOLUNTEER FOR THE SALVATION ARMY
December 5, 2015
Smith's employees served as bell ringers to support The Salvation Army's holiday fundraising campaign. This is the second year of the partnership which last year raised $25,000 for the charity. On this single day, Smith's provided over 1,000 hours of kettle standing which saved The Salvation Army roughly $9,000 in staffing costs and with contributions received, the potential donation this year was projected to be $49,000.
SMITH'S OPENS NEW MARKETPLACE STORE IN KAYSVILLE
October 6, 2015
Smith's opened a new Smith's Marketplace store in Kaysville, Utah. The $19 million store offers more than 200,000 products under one roof and features a destination sit down section for sushi, hot Asian food, brick oven pizza and Boar's Head sandwiches. This is the ninth Smith's Marketplace store in Utah and the third new marketplace store built in the past year. Smith's hired 200 new employees.
HIRING EVENT FOR ACTIVE MILITARY AND VETERANS
September 15, 2015
Demonstrating a commitment to veterans and their families, Smith's held open job interviews for the military seeking to fill 250 jobs in seven states. Smith's is a division of Kroger which has hired more than 6,000 veterans in 2014 and more than 29,000 veterans since 2009 as part of it's commitment to active duty troops and the nation's 23 million veterans through the "Honoring Our Heroes" program.
SMITH'S DONATES MILK TO FOOD BANKS
September 2, 2015
As part of the "Pour It Forward" campaign, Smith's donated over 1,000 gallons of milk to food banks in Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Milk is the most requested item by food banks but is rarely donated because it's perishable. On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. Milk isn't just a drink - its a nutrient powerhouse providing 9 essential nutrients including 8 grams of high quality protein.
RIBBON CUT ON REMODELED MARKETPLACE STORE
July 20, 2015
A newly remodeled Smith's Marketplace store at 3215 Valley Street was celebrated with a ribbon cutting. The $11 million remodel represents the largest single store remodeling investment to date. Ten existing Utah Smith's stores will be remodeled in 2015-2016. New additions to the store include a drive through pharmacy, Starbucks and Murray's Cheese Shop. Smith's has hired an additional 20 employees to serve its customers.
EMPLOYEES OF SMITH'S JOIN RED CROSS TO SAVE LIVES
July 16, 2015
More than 1,300 Smith's employees throughout the company's seven states of operation, volunteered with the American Red Cross to canvass neighborhoods door-to-door to install smoke alarms and educate residents about fire safety. The service hours donated by workers resulted in 100 days of service to their local communities.
GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW MARKETPLACE STORE IN WEST POINT CITY
June 30, 2015
A new Smith's Marketplace store will anchor a 19.4 acre commercial development named "the Point" in West Point City, Utah. This marks the first commercial retail center to be built in the city. The new 124,000 square foot multi-department store will offer grocery, pharmacy and general merchandise. A new Smith's fuel station will be added adjacent to the store. The anticipated completion date is mid 2016.
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL RECEIVES $1 MILLION DONATION
June 8, 2015
Smith's Food & Drug announces a donation of $1 million dollars to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. The contribution is a result of a fund raising campaign by associates, vendors and customers in 56 stores throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Now in it's 23rd year of annual fundraising for the children's hospital, Smith's continues to be the largest corporate contributor with $13 million donated to date to assist families who are unable to pay the medical costs of their child.
SMITH"S UNVEILS 2nd LARGEST SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM IN UTAH
May 19, 2015
Smith's has unveiled the 2nd largest roof top mounted solar energy system in Utah at its main distribution center in Layton, Utah. Consisting of 4,066 solar panels, the system will produce 1.8 million kilowatt hours of clean sustainable electricity annually to cover 1/4 of the energy usage of the distribution campus. From an environmental standpoint, the system will offset 1,300 tons of CO2 annually which is equivalent to approximately: 175 average homes in the Layton area, 265 automobiles, 5.5 rail cars of coal, 1,041 acres of forests and 3,111 barrels of oil.
YWCA CHILDREN SHOP FOR MOTHER'S DAY
May 4, 2015
In honor of Mother's Day, Smith's has invited children from the YWCA to shop for free Mother's Day Gifts. The YWCA has long advocated for the health and safety of women and is the largest provider of emergency and extended shelter facilities available 24 hours a day in a 181 bed facility for women and children fleeing unsafe situations. The event also launched Smith's new employee program Women's Edge, which aims to promote diversity, inclusion and create a sense of community among the associates, while engaging in professional development.
RECALL OF SMITH'S BAKERY CARROT CAKE
April 2, 2015
Smith's Food & Drug Stores is recalling select Smith's Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake sold in 7 states because the product contains walnuts that may not be listed on the label. Item Description: Smith's Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 1/4 sheet filled. Packaged on or before April 1, 2015. UPC Code: 41573-07058 / Smith's Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 5 oz. Packaged on or before April 1, 2015. UPC Code: 750903-91714 / Smith's Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 1/8 Sheet. Packaged on or before April 1, 2015. UPC Code: 770118-22460. Customers should return the product to stores for a full refund. Recall states include: Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Customers who have questions about this recall may call toll-free at 800-576-4377 or visit www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/recall_alerts.
JACKSON HOLE FIREFIGHTERS SAVE GROCERY STORE
March 19, 2015
A propane explosion in southwest Jackson Hole, Wyoming in November 2014 rocked the community and put numerous businesses at risk. Due to the quick response from Jackson Hole Fire Department, the Smith's Food & Drug Store on Highway 89 was saved from being destroyed. In appreciation for the courage of the emergency crews, Smith's hosted a dinner and made a $5,000 donation in gift cards to the firefighters for future good eating.
SIX NEW STORES OPEN IN LAS VEGAS
March 4, 2015
Smith's has opened six new Las Vegas stores, formerly branded as Food 4 Less. Each of the new locations offers amenities such as pharmacy, deli and bakery counters, service meat and seafood departments, floral selections and self-checkout stations. As part of the its grand opening, Smith's donated $25,000 to Communities in Schools in Nevada to help support its partner schools in neighborhoods around each new store.
SMITH'S DONATES $11 MILLION TO NONPROFITS
February 19, 2015
In 2014, Smith's donated $11 million in cash and food products to 2,365 nonprofit organizations in seven western states. Smith's, in partnership with associates, customers and suppliers supported key focus areas such as fighting hunger, children's hospitals' charity care, promoting women's health and supporting soldiers through the USO. Local food banks received $5.6 million worth of food, or the equivalent of 2.7 million nutritious meals to feed the hungry and homeless.
SMITH'S BIG RING TAKES OVER THE RED KETTLES
December 17, 2014
Smith's employees at nearly all store locations in seven states rang in the season of giving on December 17 with The Big Ring - a day of corporate-wide volunteerism with the 124th Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. During The Big Ring, associates took over the red kettles in this new partnership to help raise donations to sustain the programs and services offered by the charity.
NEW MARKETPLACE STORES OPEN IN UTAH
November 14, 2014
Smith's has opened two new Smith's Marketplace stores in West Jordan and North Ogden, Utah. Each store offers one-stop-shopping with more than 200,000 products under one roof including food, apparel, housewares and household decor, hardware, gardening needs and general merchandise. Smith's hired 525 employees to service the new stores. The company plans to expand the Marketplace brand in Utah throughout 2016, representing a construction investment of $100 million in the state.
FOOD 4 LESS STORES CONVERT TO SMITH'S
October 30, 2014
Food 4 Less and Smith's have announced that six Food 4 Less stores in the Las Vegas area will convert to Smith's stores in early 2015. Food 4 Less will close its remaining stores and exit the Las Vegas marketplace. Smith's currently operates 30 stores in Las Vegas and employs 3,500 associates. All Las Vegas Food 4 Less associates will have offers to join the Smith's team following the conversion.
SMITH'S RECOGNIZED FOR EMPLOYING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
October 2, 2014
Smith's Food & Drug Stores has been recognized for its efforts to be inclusive of Utahns with disabilities by three community organizations. The Utah Governor's Committee on Employing People with Disabilities, Utah Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Law Center. Utah Governor Gary Herbert presented Smith's with a Golden Key Award as Employer of the Year. Smith's currently employs 70 associates in Utah who identify themselves as disabled.
KROGER FAMILY OF STORES HIRING 20,000 EMPLOYEES
September 8, 2014
The Kroger Co, the nation's largest grocery retailer is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions. Smith's, a division of Kroger, is seeking to hire 486 new positions throughout its seven states of operation. Since 2008, Smith's has created 1,597 jobs bringing their total workforce today to 15,800.
CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS BENEFIT FROM $2 MILLION DONATION
September 2, 2014
Smith's has donated $2 million to children's hospitals in the Intermountain West as part of its annual campaign to support charity healthcare programs for injured and sick children. Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City received $1.2 million; University of New Mexico Children's Hospital $350,000; St. Rose Dominican Pediatric Hospital in Las Vegas $350,000; and Renown Children's Hospital in Reno $75,000. The contribution is a result of fundraising efforts with customers, Smith's associates, annual vendor golf tournament and change collected from coin boxes at check out stands.
SMITH'S CELEBRATES SUGARHOUSE REMODEL
August 27, 2014
Smith's has completed the remodel of the Sugarhouse grocery store at 922 East 2100 South in Salt Lake City. The $2.2 million remodel is a complete redesign to the store's look and feel. New shopping features include Starbucks Coffee Kiosk; made to order salads and freshly made sushi; and more natural and organic food. Smith's has teamed up with Murray's Cheese, the oldest cheese shop in New York City to offer an expansive selection of 150 types of cheeses and speciality items including crackers, dried fruit, olive and antipasto bar.
SMITH'S SUPORTS SAFE SLEEP CAMPAIGN
July 16, 2014
A collaborative effort by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Maternal and Child Health, Smith's Food & Drug Stores, Cribs for Kids and the Regional Transportation Commission has kicked off the Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign. Infant deaths due to unsafe sleep are preventable. Safe sleep practices will help stop the number one cause of infant death in Nevada between the ages of one month and one year. The ABC's of safe sleep include placing a baby to sleep alone, on their back, and in a crib at all times.
SMITH'S OPENS FIRST MARKETPLACE STORE IN NEW MEXICO
July 15, 2014
Smith's has opened its first Smith's Marketplace store in New Mexico. The 110,600 square foot store in Los Alamos features a wide assortment of natural, organic and specialty foods; a vast selection of meat, produce, grocery and bakery items; apparel for the entire family; house ware needs and decor; and a drive-through pharmacy. The new store features Murray's Cheese Shop offering 175 types of specialty cheeses. The Smith's Marketplace has both immediate and long-term economic impact including a $30 million construction investment and more than 200 new Smith's associates who were hired for positions in the new store.
EMPLOYEES OF SMITH'S DONATE 100 DAYS TO COMMUNITY
May 29, 2014
More than 1,300 Smith's employees joined efforts throughout the company's seven states of operation to volunteer in their local communities. The service efforts resulted in more than 2,600 volunteer hours or more than 100 days of service to local non-profits. Employees in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, southeastern Idaho, Montana and northern Arizona volunteered at local food banks sorting food and delivering food boxes, and beautifying their community by pulling weeds and painting houses. Smith's executive team joined 100 associates along the Jordan River Parkway in Murray, Utah.
SMITH'S STORES RECEIVE ENERGY STAR TITLE
May 6, 2014
Smith's Food & Drug stores in New Mexico, Wyoming and Arizona have earned the ENERGY STAR designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, 111 more Smith's stores have made application to qualify in 2014. Smith's has reduced its average electricity usage by 34.5% since 2000, which equates to enough electricity to power 45 average sized Smith's stores for one year. That energy savings has kept approximately 65,500 metric ton (equivalent) of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.
DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IS APRIL 26
April 22, 2014
On April 26 from 10 am to 2 pm, Smith's Food & Drug Stores, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will offer the public an opportunity to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs at collection bins at the following Utah stores: West Jordan, Bountiful, Farmington, Sunset, Syracuse, Layton, Provo, Saratoga Springs and Lehi. In addition, unused drugs will be received at the Smith's store in Burley, Idaho
RENO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL TO RECEIVE DONATED FUNDS
April 15, 2014
Renown Children's Hospital in Reno, Nevada will be the recipient of funds raised during the first annual campaign for its Patient Assistance Program. Smith's stores in Reno, Carson City, Sparks, Elko, Gardnerville and Dayton will invite customers to donate to the hospital until May 14. The donation from Smith's will help ease the financial and emotional strain families face by offering grants for medication and equipment.
PRIMARY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BENEFITS FROM SMITH'S CAMPAIGN
April 11, 2014
Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City is the beneficiary of the Smith's annual campaign to raise funds for its Charity Care Program. From April 11 through May 11, customers in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming are encouraged to donate to the hospital. Now in its 22nd year, Smith's is the largest contributor to the children's hospital. Proceeds from the campaign will help cover charity care and emergency room visits by needy children.
ANNUAL CAMPAIGN FOR ST.ROSE DOMINICAN CHARITY CARE
April 10, 2014
The annual campaign has begun to raise fund for St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation Charity Care Program. Starting April 10 through May 11, fundraising activities in Smith's stores in Southern Nevada and Northern Arizona. Participating Smith's stores are located in Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite, Pahrump, Fort Mohave, Lake Havasu and Bullhead. Every dollar raised stays in the community to provide pediatric equipment, charity care, and health education for children and families.
SMITH'S RAISES FUNDS FOR UNM CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
April 1, 2014
Smith's Food and Drug has kicked off its third annual in-store campaign to raise funds for University of New Mexico Children's Hospital charity care program. Starting April 1 through May 4, Smith's invites customers to join in fundraising activities with store associations throughout New Mexico. Since 2011, Smith's corporate gifts has resulted in a total of $650,000 to assist families who are struggling to pay their child's medical costs after trauma or serious illness.
SMITH'S VOTED BEST GROCERY STORE IN LAS VEGAS
March 31, 2014
The 33rd Annual Best of Las Vegas Readers Poll saw Smith's Food & Drug Stores voted "Best Grocery Store" in Las Vegas. A total of 30,125 votes were cast in the survey, with Smith's coming out in front of its competition eight of the last nine years. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Smith's values its customers, "From its pharmacies to its banks to its gas stations, Smith's has you covered. The store offers plenty of attention to detail, as well, with helpful, well-trained butchers, an emphasis on gluten-free and organic food and plenty of cashiers. With nearly 30 valley locations, odds are , there's one (or three) near you."
To view the results visit: http://bestoflasvegas.com/shopping-services/shopping-services-best-las-vegas-2014-results
SMITH’S BALLPARK UNVEILED AS NEW STADIUM NAME FOR BEES
March 5, 2014
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, along with Salt Lake City and Miller Sports Properties announced a new multi-year partnership and naming rights agreement for the Salt Lake Bees home stadium to be known as “Smith’s Ballpark” beginning with the 2014 season.
With the christening of Smith’s Ballpark, the 15,411-seat natural grass facility celebrates its 20th anniversary this year as the home of the Bees, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. More than 500,000 fans have come to watch Bees baseball at Smith’s Ballpark in three of the last four years, and in June of 2013, the ballpark welcomed its 10-millionth fan through the gates since its dedication on April 9, 1994.
KROGER CREATED MORE THAN 7,000 JOBS IN 2013 - Smith’s adds 499 new positions
February 27, 2014
The Kroger Co. today announced that its total active workforce has grown by more than 7,000 during fiscal year 2013. Approximately 90 percent of the new jobs are in the company’s supermarket divisions.
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division of Kroger, added 221 more positions in Utah, 145 in Nevada, and 31 in New Mexico, making the bulk of the 499 new positions added in 2013. Since 2008, Smith’s has created 1,597 jobs bringing their total workforce today to 15,800 throughout the company’s 130 stores and 82 fuel centers and support offices.
SMITH’S HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN GENERATES $156,000 FOR AREA FOOD BANKS
February 4, 2014
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has contributed $156,000 to 39 food banks and pantries throughout Smith’s seven states of operation as a result of generous customer support of the company’s recent in-store campaign called Bringing Hope to Table for the Holidays.
One hundred percent of check stand contributions received were converted to Smith’s gift cards for local food banks to purchase their most-needed items at Smith’s cost and restock their shelves. In addition to this seasonal support, each day Smith’s stores donate nutritious but unsellable foods to local food banks. In 2013 enough food was contributed this way to create 2.8 million more meals within its store communities for the hungry, the great majority of whom are single women with children.
SMITH’S LAUNCHES COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
January 23, 2014
Smith’s Food & Drug is rolling out the new Smith’s Community Rewards program that lets customers select the charities to which Smith’s will donate, based on dollars they spend in stores. It is estimated that hundreds of local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn part of the $1.4 million Smith’s will contribute in 2014 through Smith’s Community Rewards.
Customers and organizations will find enrollment information as well as program details and FAQs at www.smithscommunityrewards.com. To participate customers will need to go online to link their rewards card number to a local nonprofit. Smith’s Community Rewards program is open to any 501(c) 3 serving the company's seven western states of operation. Nonprofit organizations wishing to participate must register for 2014. Contributions up to $350,000 will be issued quarterly in 2014.
SMITH’S BREAKS GROUND ON MARKETPLACE STORE IN WEST JORDAN
November 13, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug will construct a new Smith’s Marketplace store at The Highlands, a 370-acre master-planned community at 7800 South and 5600 West in West Jordan, Utah.
The 123,000 square foot store will be the second Smith’s Marketplace in West Jordan and will offer one-stop shopping with more than 100,000 products under one roof including food, apparel, housewares and household decor, hardware, gardening needs and general merchandise. The store will be Energy Star rated, with open ceilings and skylights, and LED lighting. A new Smith’s Fuel Station will be added adjacent to the store.
ABQ WOMAN FEATURED ON KRAFT® DISPLAY FOR NATIONAL BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR CAMPAIGN
October 7, 2013
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Kraft® unveiled packaging of Mexican Four Shredded Cheese highlighting Joanne Garcia, a Smith’s Food & Drug associate and breast cancer survivor, in all 131 Smith’s stores in 7 states.
The packaging is part of Smith’s “Giving Hope a Hand®” breast cancer awareness program that will generate $150,000 for local chapters of Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society programs, including a $30,000 gift to Susan G Komen of Central New Mexico. For the seventh consecutive year, Smith’s along with other divisions of the Kroger Co. have committed $3 million in donations for local breast cancer initiatives. Specially marked pink tags and packaging on 1,600 national-brand products in Smith’s stores are supporting this important cause.
UTAH SCHOOLS RECEIVE $647,000 FROM SMITH’S
September 24, 2013
Utah K-12 schools are the beneficiaries of a $647,840 donation from Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a result of participation in the grocers’ Earn & Learn rewards program.
The annual donation from Smith’s is unrestricted and the 690 participating Utah schools may select the most appropriate use of the gift. Schools have used the funds to support reading programs, field trips, purchasing computer equipment and funding basic instructional needs. Since 2000, Smith’s has gifted $16.4 million in Earn & Learn contributions to K-12 schools throughout the West.
SMITH’S PROGRAM HELPS FEED MORE HUNGRY UTAHNS
September 9, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug has launched a new reclamation project that has the potential to generate an additional 360,000 pounds of food to the Utah Food Bank, while creating jobs for individuals with disabilities.
The grocery chain has partnered with Columbus Community Center, a local nonprofit that serves people with disabilities, to operate a centralized reclamation center where unsold non-perishable products are scanned, sorted, and prepared to distribute to the Utah Food Bank and other statewide food pantries. Since the program was launched in March 2013, Smith’s has provided 129,000 more meals for food pantries with a donation value of $561,102.
SMITH’S COMPLETES $3.4 MILLION REMODEL OF SANDY STORE
September 4, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug celebrated the remodel of its grocery store at 2039 East 9400 South in Sandy on Wednesday September 4 with a ribbon cutting with Sandy City Officials, Smith’s executives and the Sandy Chamber of Commerce.
The $3.4 million remodel is a complete redesign to the store’s look and feel highlighted by wooden floors, contemporary décor, and all new merchandising shelves that include rich wood bakery and produce tables. The front of the store has been reconfigured with new check stands, a floral service center and expanded pharmacy with enlarged consultation area for customer privacy.
SMITH’S / KROGER RECOGNIZED FOR TOP SUPPLIER DIVERSITY FOR HISPANICS
August 19, 2013
The Kroger Co. today was named one of the nation’s 2013 “Best of the Best” by Hispanic Network Magazine for Top Supplier Diversity Programs for Hispanics. Smith’s Food & Drug is a division of the Kroger Co.
“Kroger’s commitment is to identify, create and develop sustainable business partnerships with minority-owned and women-owned businesses that support our growth and business objectives, and help us consistently meet the needs of our customers,” said Reuben Shaffer, Kroger’s chief diversity officer.
SMITH’S BREAKS GROUND ON MARKETPLACE STORE IN LOS ALAMOS
August 5, 2013
Smith’s executives and community leaders from Los Alamos joined shovels on July 23 for a ceremonial ground breaking of a Smith’s Marketplace store at the Trinity Site shopping center on the corner of Trinity and Knecht in Los Alamos.
The new 110,000 square foot Smith’s Marketplace will be the first store in New Mexico to offer one-stop shopping with more than 250,000 products under one roof including food, apparel, housewares, electronics, hardware, gardening and general merchandise. The anticipated completion date is June 2014 at a cost of $27 million.
SMITH’S EMPLOYEES DONATE 100 DAYS WORTH OF SERVICE
July 17, 2013
More than 1,000 Smith’s Food & Drug employees joined efforts throughout the company’s seven states of operation to volunteer in their local communities on “We Make a Difference Day,” Wednesday July 17. The event resulted in more than 2,600 volunteer hours or more than 100 days of service to local non-profits.
Employees from Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, southeastern Idaho, Montana and northern Arizona volunteered at local food banks sorting food and delivering food boxes to seniors and beautifying their community by pulling weeds and painting houses.
SMITH’S PARTNERS WITH USO TO SUPPORT TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES
June 27, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug proudly extends its partnership with the USO to celebrate and thank the men and women of the armed forces and their families.
In 2013, Smith’s Honoring Our Heroes in store campaign will join with other Kroger stores across the country to provide $2.3 million for the USO’s broad range of programs that assist service members and their families. All Smith’s stores in Las Vegas will be donating the change customers drop into coin boxes found at each check stand to USO.
SMITH’S DONATES $1 MILLION TO PRIMARY CHILDREN’S
June 3, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has donated $1 million dollars to the Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation as a result of a fundraising campaign with customers and vendors in 56 stores in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada.
Now in its 21st year, Smith’s is the largest corporate contributor to Primary Children’s Medical Center. Since 2002, Smith’s has donated a total of $8.6 million to further the hospital’s mission of providing medical care for children without regard to race, religion, or the ability to pay. The total also includes change collected from coin boxes at check out stands.
SMITH’S INTRODUCES LOWER PRICES ON THOUSANDS OF ITEMS
May 7, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug is “reinventing” itself to create even lower prices and a more satisfying shopping experience for its customers. In the last few days, stores have lowered prices on thousands of grocery items, with special emphasis in organic and natural food selections.
This new pricing program is in addition to many other money-savings opportunities such as redeeming fuel points for discounts of ten cents per gallon up to $1per gallon; $4 for 30 day and $10 for 90 day supplies of drug prescriptions for more than 300 generic drugs; and other in-store sales events such as case lot sales.
SMITH’S TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
April 22, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Smith’s customers are encouraged to bring medications for disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.
NEWLY REMODELED SMITH’S OFFERS FARMERS MARKET EXPERIENCE
April 1, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug will celebrate the remodel of its grocery store at 2308 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe on Wednesday April 3.
The 72,500 square foot store remodel brings a bright new shopping experience with wider aisles, new shelving and display cases throughout, contemporary décor and polished concrete floors. The spacious new produce section features dark wooden floors and tiered wooden tables display a widely increased variety of produce items, including organic selections. Additional signage highlights stories about local New Mexico produce farmers who will supply Smith’s during the growing seasons.
SMITH’S LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR UNM CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHARITY CARE
March 22, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has kicked off its annual campaign to raise funds for University of New Mexico Children's Hospital. The funds are specifically being raised to support children experiencing a traumatic illness or injury or whose family needs assistance with their medical bill obligations.
In 2012, Smith’s presented the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital with a check for $200,000 in support of children’s charity care (in 2011 Smith’s donated $130,000). These contributions helped to assist families who were struggling to pay their child’s medical costs after trauma or serious illness. Nearly 60,000 children from every county in New Mexico receive services each year from UNM Children’s Hospital.
Communities Benefit from $10 Million Donation from Smith’s
February 19, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has released its 2012 Report to the Community highlighting donations of $10 million of cash and products to more than 2,200 non-profit organizations in seven western states of operation.
Smith’s charitable giving program known as “Neighbor to Neighbor” provided average donations of nearly $75,000 per store location throughout Smith’s seven western states of operation (Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona). The support also includes contributions from the Kroger Foundation (Smith’s parent company), suppliers, associates and customers through in-store fundraising promotions.
SMITH’S SIMPLIFIES SHOPPING FOR NATURAL, ORGANIC BRANDS
January 29, 2013
Smith’s Food & Drug has introduced its newest private label brands - Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic, which have been created to help customers take the confusion and expense out of selecting organic and natural foods by making the choices honest, easy and affordable.
The new brands offer more than 250 items across 40 product categories found in nearly every aisle including dairy, meat, produce, frozen foods, snack foods, canned fruits and vegetables, cereals and bread. The products are free from 101 artificial preservatives and ingredients that some customers have said they do not want in their foods, such as aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats.