Smith's Food and Drug

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Smith's Food & Drug Stores Inc.
Division of Kroger
Industry Retail
Founded 1932, 83 years ago
(Brigham City, Utah, U.S.)
Founder Lorenzo G. Smith
Headquarters Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Area served
Western United States
Key people
Dee G. Smith (1925–1984)
Products Bakery, Dairy, Deli, Frozen foods, General grocery, Meat, Pharmacy, Produce, Seafood, Snacks, Chinese Kitchen, Cosmetics, Organic Food, Photo Lab, Non-Foods, Smiths Tix
Parent Kroger
Smith's on Tramway Boulevard in Albuquerque

Smith's Food & Drug Centers, Inc., commonly known as Smith's, is a chain of supermarkets in the Intermountain West and Southwest regions of the United States. Its headquarters are in Salt Lake City.[1]

Smith's operates 132 stores in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Smith's utilizes a combination food and drug center format that strives for one-stop shopping. The chain's early 1990s advertising slogan was, "The one place that takes the place of going place to place."



Smith's began in 1932 when Lorenzo J. Smith opened his first grocery store in Brigham City, Utah. When his son Dee Smith[2] - great nephew of Joseph Smith Jr. - joined the business he began immediately expanding it.[3] Through partnerships and acquisitions Dee Smith built the company, until his death at age 58 in 1984.[4] Later, Dee's son Jeff Smith became Chairman and CEO of Smith's. In 1989 the company completed its initial public offering and shares of the company started trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SFD.

In Idaho in 1989, Smith's exited the once successful Boise market after the Boise City Council refused approval for Smith's to open a large store in the city.[5] Smith's attempted to re-enter the Boise market in 1996. However, numerous delays and the 1999 Kroger-Fred Meyer merger forced Smith's to halt construction on its sixth planned location indefinitely. In the early 1990s, Smith's attempted a major expansion into the Southern California market which was completely unsuccessful and resulted in Smith's accumulating nearly $500 million in debt.

Acquisition by Fred Meyer and Kroger Merger[edit]

In 1997, the company was acquired by Fred Meyer of Portland, Oregon.

In 1999, Fred Meyer was acquired by The Kroger Company. As a result of the Kroger-Fred Meyer merger, most Smith's Food & Drug Centers in Arizona were rebranded as Fry's Food and Drug. The Smith's Food & Drug Centers in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and Bullhead City did not change, but remained in the Smith's Las Vegas Division.

Smith's Food and Drug is a division of The Kroger Company; Smith's maintains its corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City and the Kroger Company is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Smith's Marketplace[edit]

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In April 2004, Smith's assumed the Utah operations of sister chain Fred Meyer. Five Utah Fred Meyer stores were converted to the new Smith's Marketplace banner in June of that year. The other Utah Fred Meyer stores located in Ogden, West Valley City, and Sandy were closed in April 2004. Earlier, Fred Meyer had closed a full-service store located in Orem that failed to meet expectations. Smith's Marketplaces contain a full-line food and drug store, with a full assortment of general merchandise, and Fred Meyer Jewelers.

On November 12, 2008, Smiths opened a new construction Smith's Marketplace Store in Lehi, Utah. The store is 170,000 square feet (16,000 m2) and includes the full array of departments including grocery, apparel, and home. In 2008, Smiths also remodeled the former Fred Meyer Store located at 500 East and 500 South in Salt Lake City. On July 16, 2014, Smiths opened a new Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos, New Mexico.


  1. ^ "Our Divisions." Kroger. Retrieved on November 28, 2012. "1550 South Redwood Rd. Salt Lake City, UT 84104"
  2. ^ Smith, Dee (June 30, 1979). "My most influential teacher". Deseret News. p. 2, Church News. 
  3. ^ Woodward, Don C. (January 27, 1968). "Food King buys 4 Mayfair Marts". Deseret News. p. 8A. 
  4. ^ "Two chief officers elected at Smith's Food King". Deseret News. July 7, 1984. p. 8B. 
  5. ^ Jacobsen-Wells, JoAnn (November 29, 1989). "Smith's to leave Boise". Deseret News. p. 8D. 

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