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? :)

9 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.

    1. JUST DELIGHTFULLY CONSUMED SOME THRIFTY
      ‘BLACK CHERRY’ ICE CREAM
      OBTAINED AT A RITE-AID
      ABOUT TEN BLOCKS FROM HOME. SOME CHOCOLATE SYRUP AND AN OREO OR THREE MAKES FOR A NICE SNACK FOR THEE AND ME.
      ✔❤LOVE IT❤✔
      ➡THRIFTY⬅
      ➡BLACK⬅
      ➡CHERRY⬅
      🍨✔❤✔❤✔🍨

    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!

  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.

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