Chedraui USA, the fourth largest grocery retailer in California and parent company for El Super, Smart & Final, and Fiesta Mart stores, announced an expansion of its planned growth and a significant new logistics integration effort.
According to the company, this year, it will open two new El Super banner stores in Las Vegas, Nevada, and San Ysidro, California, and add three new Smart & Final locations in the California cities of Madera, Lompoc, and Lancaster.
The company also plans to remodel at least 40 existing stores to offer new benefits to customers.
The New State-of-the-Art Distribution Center
In addition to these store investments, Chedraui USA announced its commitment to developing a 1.4 million-square-foot next-generation distribution facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California, to increase its current Southern California distribution and warehouse capacity by 50 percent.
The increased capacity will maintain high levels of product quality and service to El Super and Smart & Final stores by re-tooling the distribution network, stated Chedraui USA in a press release.
“Our El Super and Smart & Final stores offer customers among the best variety and value in our markets, and we’ve had many requests to bring additional stores to new communities,” said Carlos Smith, CEO of Chedraui USA.
The new Rancho Cucamonga distribution facility will integrate distribution operations from five smaller Southern California warehouses, adding significant space to support sales growth and the development of new stores.
The company anticipates that the new facility will add a significant number of new jobs to its distribution workforce, along with additional career growth opportunities, while dramatically reducing the amount of fuel consumed on Southern California roads through effective route integration.
“We’re excited to respond with five new stores in 2023 and the commitment to a new integrated distribution center to help us grow and maintain low prices for our customers for years to come,” noted Smith.
A subsidiary of Grupo Comercial Chedraui based in Mexico, Chedraui USA, is based in Los Angeles and is the fourth largest grocery retailer in California, with 376 locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
The company’s store banners include El Super, Fiesta Mart, and Smart & Final, employing more than 24,000 associates.