Smart & Final Extra

Last night, I attended the grand re-opening of the Smart & Final store in Lakewood as part of the #sfsmarties program. I'm very familiar with Smart & Final as it's always been my go-to grocery store of choice, and I've recently had the pleasure of doing a couple different sponsored posts for them involving shopping their stores and using their signature brand items for recipes and household projects. However, I was totally blown away by this new Smart & Final Extra store.

Smart & Final Extra produce

Smart & Final Extra meat

There are a total of 36 Smart & Final Extra stores, which offer Smart & Final's usual bulk selection as well as more traditional grocery store features like expanded meat and produce sections and a vast variety of items in smaller packages with a larger selection to choose from. To me, Smart & Final Extra marries the best of the bulk-buying savings with the convenience of specialty store selections.

Smart & Final Extra baby goods

Anything a shopper could possibly want, from household goods like shampoo or baby items to fresh bouquets and party supplies are all available in one spot at Smart & Final Extra. I love having the option to buy almost any item, from cereal to Cool Whip, either in bulk or in smaller-size packages.

Smart & Final cheesecake

As with any Smart & Final store, the Smart & Final Extra in Lakewood offers Smart & Final's delicious store brand specialties. Every time I shop Smart & Final I find a new item of theirs that saves me money and makes life easier. Check out this awesome cheesecake variety box! It features four different kinds of cheesecake in one box…a perfect dessert selection for a dinner gathering where guests' tastes are bound to vary.

Smart & Final Extra Lakewood

My favorite thing about Smart & Final is their friendly employees. They're always so helpful in the store, and it's obvious that they're very satisfied with their jobs. One of the store managers actually choked up a little bit last night as she spoke about the dedication of her team in getting the new store opened. I also love how committed they are to their local community. As part of the grand re-opening celebration last night, Smart & Final made several generous donations to charitable organizations in Lakewood, including the YMCA and little league. They also had the Mayor of Lakewood in attendance and featured a local band.

This is a sponsored post as part of the #collectivebias blogging program. All opinions are my own.