An Open Letter to Rite-Aid Regarding Thrifty Brand Ice Cream

Hello there!

I would like to express my saddening disappointment in your store locator function. I have recently relocated to Seattle from California (you probably know where this is going) and was elated to find that I could filter my store search to include only those with hand-dipped ice cream.

In doing so, I was excited to find that one store (105 Washington Ave, Kent, WA) was not as far as I thought it may be! I had heard rumors that ice cream was not sold there by the scoop… so I made sure to call. And alas! The woman on the phone had told me that, no, they do not have Thrifty’s ice cream by the scoop.

Widening my search, a second store was found on the radar (691 Sleater Kinney Rd. SE, Lacey, WA). Upon calling this store as well, the response was the same.. No scoop’d ice cream here either!

My hopes had been so high when finding that I could still indulge in the delightful, hand-dipped deliciousness that is Thrifty’s chocolate malted crunch ice cream on a sugar cone… Only to be confronted with the truth that the internet does, indeed, lie. :(

With that, I would like to request that the stores’ Specialty features be properly updated to reflect those features that do truly exist. I would not wish this tummy grumbling experience upon anyone else.

Many thanks,
Melissa Estuesta

PS, Any idea where I -can- find Thrifty ice cream, even by the container, in the Seattle/Washington area? :)

15 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Rite-Aid Regarding Thrifty Brand Ice Cream

  1. I can’t find it either. Been in Seattle for about 25 years. Was literally raised on Thrifty in SoCal as a kid. Nickel scoops. Mmmmmm… If you find it. Share please.

    1. Same!! I have a distinct childhood memory of my dad buying me Thrifty’s ice cream when it was raining out. I loved the ice cream in the rain thing soooooo much, and still do now!

      It was my first time having Chocolate Malted Crunch :)

  2. I feel your pain…I thought if they didn’t have the scooped ice cream, I’d settle for the stuff in the freezer section. You know what I mean — that boxed Thrifty ice cream that you could pull a grab and go on because the line at the hand scooped ice cream was too long?

    I went to the Rite Aid in Renton last night, near Uwajimaya. Utterly disappointed that the only ice cream they carry was Ben & Jerry’s. I can get that at any grocery store.

    I guess i’ll have to get my Thrifty ice cream craving killed when I go to California.

      ✔❤LOVE IT❤✔

    2. I’ve now been back to CA a few times and try to make it a point to get it :)

      It’s not the same, or really similar, but Kroger brand ice cream (from QFC) actually fills my cheap ice cream gap pretty well. Not sure why!

  3. Same here guys! I’m from socal and moved to seattle area with my wife who was shocked to learn we have ice cream in rite aid in socal! Such a disappointment here that’s for sure

    1. Someone needs to import Thrifty ice cream, but you do have a point. Ice cream in Rite Aid in itself is a pretty awesome thing!

  4. Omg! I was just asking about this its so depressing why cant they sell the cartons at all stores even if they dont put in an ice cream counter?! I miss my chocolate malted crunch!

    1. I’d settle for the cartons, for sure! Each time I go to RiteAid, I do take a peek at the frozen section, just in case….

  5. Fellow Thrifty lovers, here is my story. A few years back I discovered it being sold here in the Seattle area while searching online, in 5 or maybe 10 gallon containers at the business Costco on 99 in Lynnwood (I know they had Choc. Malted Crunch). I called the store right away and a helpful employee ran to check stock… only to report that they had recently sold out and it was a limited time run etc. boo-hoo. Then yesterday at my local eastside Rite Aid, for the first time ever, I spot Thrifty’s brand ice cream cones-both sugar and cake cups!! And although no Thrifty ice cream to be found, the box of cones states “Perfect Addition To Thrifty Ice Cream” (hahaha-boooo). This former Southern California girl has such strong childhood memories tied to this brand & one of a kind flavor (choc. malted crunch!!) is ready for some market expansion =). Although maybe getting it as a special treat when visiting SoCal is okay too. I am old enough to remember when Thrifty ice cream was sold in Thrifty Drug Stores. Walks to get a cone with my Gramps and cousins were a highlight of weekends at the Grandparents. Diamond Bar Thrifty’s.

    1. YES I found the cones as well in Bothell :'(

      I’ll have to bug my Costco friend and prod him to research why that was a thing. Unfortunately, he doesn’t buy the ice cream though!

      I. too, have a distinct memory of a rainy day in Santa Cruz, and my dad treating me to Thrifty ice cream… I chose Chocolate Malted Crunch that day <3. Thank you for sharing!!

  6. So we found out that the riteaid wherehouse that is located in Oregon does not have freezer storage therefore both Oregon and Washington do not get thrifty ice cream. This is an abysmal shame. This needs to change!!!!!!!!

    1. Yikes, so no ice cream at all?? I think the worst tease was when I found THRIFTY BRAND ICE CREAM CONES in a Rite-Aid up here in WA.. WHY OH WHY would you do that?!

  7. I laughed when I saw this blog post. I also relocated from Southern CA to Seattle. When people ask me what I miss, I say “not much, but one of the little things I miss is that the RiteAids don’t sell ice cream here.”

    And then people say, “What do you mean there’s an ice cream counter at RiteAid?!?”

    When I first moved it was summer and I was out running errands. I came upon a RiteAid and wanted to stop in for a treat. I was sorely disappointed. A few weeks later I saw another store and walked in…No Thrifty ice cream. I then learned the sad truth…it’s only a Southern CA thing.

    1. It’s in Northern California, too! It’s great to know that if/when I visit down south that I can still indulge! It’s one of my home-tourist stops when I visit CA now :) (PS, sorry this reply is so late haha)

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