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SMART & FINAL NAMES LAVERTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert J. Emmons, chairman and chief executive officer of Smart & Final Inc. (NYSE: SMF), today announced that Roger (Rocky) M. Laverty III, president, has been elected to the additional post of chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 1994. Emmons will remain chairman of the board and will also continue as chief executive officer of Casino USA, Smart & Final Inc.'s largest shareholder. Emmons will also serve as chairman of the newly formed Executive Operating Committee that will consist of Emmons, Laverty, and Martin A. Lynch, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
 In announcing the change, Emmons stated, "Rocky Laverty has played a key role in the development of Smart & Final Inc. over the past 10 years. He has continually demonstrated outstanding leadership in driving our company toward our long term corporate vision. We are indeed fortunate to have Rocky assume the role of chief executive officer."
 Laverty, 46, was named president and chief operating officer earlier this year. During the past 10 years with the company he has held a variety of positions including general counsel, vice president of strategic planning, vice president of distribution, and senior vice president of operations.
 Laverty stated, "Bob Emmons and I have worked closely together over the last 10 years, and I have tremendous respect for his leadership, his vision, and his enormous contributions to the company as chief executive officer. I am excited about the opportunity to lead this great company and carrying forward the many programs and strategic plans we have put in place."
 Laverty holds a juris doctor degree from Stanford University, from which he also earned a bachelor's degree in economics. A native of California, he and his wife Jill have three children and live in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
 Founded in 1871 in downtown Los Angeles, Smart & Final Inc. operates 134 grocery warehouses in California, Arizona, and Nevada and a food service distributor operating in Northern California. For 1992, Smart & Final reported sales of $765 million.
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