S&S Cafeterias offers their customers their choice of meals, with a selection of more than 115 items at each location. The company focus is to provide quality food and excellent customer service in all of its divisions which include: wholesale distribution and cafeteria dining. CEO J. A. Smith III grew up in the food business as his father founded the company. J. A. Smith Jr., Mr. Smith’s father, was a veteran of the food service business before he opened the first S&S Cafeteria in Columbus, Georgia in 1936.
JA Smith Jr.
State Wholesale Food was created in 1949 as a buying and distribution center for the restaurants. Serving customers face to face in the cafeterias has been our main focus for more than 80 years although we have multiple operations in the food service industry. S&S Cafeterias has locations in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.
The reasons for our success are simple to learn, but not so simple to master. Through 4 generations of Smith family involvement, S&S continues to focus on quality food. Because the locations are not as spread out like other chains, the company can monitor the food from all vendors and offer the same menu at every site.
At S&S the customer is always right. We are dedicated to developing and keeping a strong customer base. Customers can also influence the service by filling out the suggestion cards found on each table and in each takeout purchase. Keeping customers happy is the primary focus for S&S Cafeterias. Each day, we look at the customer count to see how we are doing. The barometer by which we gauge our success is the number of customers we feed.
From the moment J. A. Smith Jr. opened the first S&S Cafeteria in 1936, Smith and Sons Foods has been a family business.
J A. Smith III and Robert A. Smith, serve as CEO and Executive Vice President, respectively. J. A. Smith IV is President of cafeteria operations and Judson R. Smith is a District Manager. The company’s fourth generation family involvement is represented by the founder’s great-grandson, David Smith.