VERNON, Calif. -- Smart & Final here commemorated its 125th anniversary last week with a 16-page circular that outlined the chain's history. The company proclaimed itself "the oldest and largest warehouse grocery chain in the country." Smart & Final operates 158 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona, with its first stores in Florida scheduled to open next week. In a circular distributed here, the company traced its origins back to 1871, when Hellman, Haas & Co. was founded. ...

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