As of 2015, Smart & Final sells food, food preparation, cleaning and serving items. Products include hot and cold beverages, candy, cookware and utensils. The stores also have a large frozen food section, which includes items such as ice cream, frozen vegetables, meats, appetizers and breakfast foods.
Based in Commerce, California, Smart & Final operates a network of over 250 warehouse-style food and supply stores in the western United States and northern Mexico. As a warehouse-style grocery store, Smart & Final sells items in both big and small sizes.
The company sells goods from a wide selection of national brands and also has a number of its own signature brands, such as Montecito, First Street, Cattleman's Finest, La Romanella and Iris. Some of Smart & Final's other signature brands include Sun Harvest, which serves as the company's line of natural and organic products, and Ambiance, its signature line of coffees and teas. Cattleman's Finest is the company's own line of hand-cut, corn-fed fresh beef, while Montecito is the company's line of Hispanic food items. It sells a number of personal care products through the Iris brand.
Smart & Final developed through a series of mergers between various grocery chains, the oldest of which, Hellman-Haas Grocery, dates back to 1871.