Monday, July 04, 2005

Thrifty Drug

It hasn't been all that long since Thrifty Drugs closed up around these parts. But, does anyone remember that, at one time, there were two downtown - a block away from each other. One was at the northeast corner of Sixth and Monroe, and the other was at the northwest corner of Fifth and Monroe.

These two Thrifty Drugs had something going for them that the others did not. Fresh food.

The store at Sixth and Monroe had a little lunch counter with a grill. I recall getting an egg salad sandwich, cole slaw, and a Coke for under $2.00.

The one at Fifth and Monroe had a lunch room. Also, I think it was open before work for breakfast.

Did anyone besides me ever eat at these places?


Blogger Dave said...

I remember the Thrifty Drugs at Sixth and Monroe but I don't remember the lunch counter. I only remember the store because during my freshman year in high school (1974-75) I often took the city bus to school (Griffin). I would have to change buses near that store and I distinctly remember going in there on really cold days until the bus that took us to school showed up (the SMTD provided a special bus that took Griffin and Sacred Heart students to school from downtown). Racking my brain, all I can remember from the store was that they sold candy that I would sometimes buy while waiting for the bus.

But speaking of lunch counters, I do remember one being in, I believe, the Kreskie’s in the Town and Country Shopping Center in the late ‘60s / early ‘70’s. Probably a similar situation.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

I remember Kreskie's in T+C, but not the lunch counter. It was right about where Chuck E. Cheese is now. I think.

12:22 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Well, the lunch counter may have been Walgreen's which was right next to Kreskie's. I used to get them mixed even back then. Now I'm not sure.

3:09 PM  
Blogger JeromeProphet said...

It was Walgreen's Dave.

If one recalls that Walgreen's, and how that company has grown - at one point I remember thinking it was only a matter of time until the chain closed.

Now they're building a new building every day.

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Thrifty's lunch counter at 5th & Monroe had one of those small mini juke boxes on each dining booth table. Also seems like they always put potato chips on your hamburger plate. The counter was in the back of the store.

8:47 PM  
Blogger fosterrosemary said...

There was Kresge's downtown. Woolworth was next door and they both had counters in them and Kresge's had a lunch counter in the back off of Adams street entrance.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both the Kresge's and the Walgreens at Town and Country had lunch counters.

There was also a drug store somewhere over near West Lawrence named "Zorne's". They had a most delicious lunch counter too.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thrifty Drugs at 5th and Monroe is where you would stand outside to watch the boys in cars go by. I remember all of these places as I grew up by St. John's Hospital. Such fun times - went to school with Virgina K. - father owned the Senate. I remember a Strong's cafteria located around there. This info dates me and I have great memories of my childhood in Springfield.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in about 1958 or 1959 my mother worked at harvey bros clothing store. she worked on friday nights and sometimes i would take the bus to meet her and we would go to the thrifty drug where i remember having a club sandwich. in the summer we went in the morning sometimes and i remember a sort of coffee cake..yeast risen style..that was tasty. i left spfld in 1972 and have many fond memories and visiting rewind and other sites has been a real treat.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thriftys at 5th and monroe had the best cinnamon rolls. Worked at city summerof 1971 and we would take our am break down there and bring them back to CWLP office. I remember the Watt's Bros drug store on Ash st. Had a large soda fountain and served lunches during week for workers nearby..Hobbs etc. Cherry phosphates, green Rivers,vanila, cherry, and chocolate cokes. Nickel candy bars. Lived on Yale Blvd. Loved growing up in that area in the 50s and 60s.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Thriftys At 5th& Monroe it was cafeteria style. Great roast beef meals. Kresge's & Walgreens at T&C had lunch counters

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Michelle L. said...

Thrifty's off of monroe did have a lunch counter much like MCL's get a tray and walk through,pay & sit to eat,we went there all the time when I was a kid. Walgreens Corp. also had soda fountain/food counters and years later they opened up there own chain of Wag's Restaurants with the soda fountain counter in them as I remeber I used to work in one of them.Kresege's had one which is the former Kmart downtown as Mr. Kresge owned all the Kmart he bought his first one in Detroit MI. & that is what the K stands for in Kmart. But at no time did Walgreens own Thrifty's as I worked for them also or Thrifty's own Walgreens they have both always been there own seperate owned company's . I think both were wonderful to work for and I had a lot of fun working at both Company's. Hope everybody keeps up on the history of the town!
Michelle L.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I helped convert the Thrifty Drugs into SuperX Drug Stores, which later became Revco and now CVS. We ansered the phone Thrifty/SuperX. I remember Jerry Trader the manager of the cafetria at 5th and Monroe, He passed away about 4 or 5 years ago. He contnued to work for SuperX etc. until his death. Lots of memories from the days of Thrifty Drugs etc. Lot of good people continued with the new companies, John Haggaman etc.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have fond memories of the Breakfast counter, located in the Thrifty's at 5th and Monroe. For you see my father ran a free standing News Stand on the sidewalk just outside of it's front door. It closed with his passing, in January of 1966.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Rex Mcquire said...

I worked at the newspaper stand where your father was on Monroe in 1963 as a young boy of 10 years old and would get a stack of newspapers from your dad and he would let us sale them in the bars downtown for a dime, We would give him 8 cents back and got to keep 2 cents off of every paper we sold, We would sometimes get 25 cents for the paper and got to keep the change and then we would head over to the movies at the Senate or Roxy to see a movie for 50 cents, I miss those days all the time, I also shined shoes for 25 cents in the bars and would sometimes get paid a whole dollar.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Patricia J. Moe said...

Anybody remember Dewey Surratt? He was my father. He was the Vice President of operations nationwide, but started his career in Warga's Walgreen's store in Jacksonville when I was a child. That was over 70 years ago. Dad retired when the Victors sold Thrifty.

5:48 PM  
Blogger F.W. Frank said...

Yep.I started at 5th and Monroe and worked under Dewey.The Victors treated us like family.Fond recollections of those days.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I worked there in the late 60's.
Where did they put a cafeteria?
Unless they expanded it was a rather small store

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked the news stand outside of Thrifty Drug at 5th and Monroe around 1957. Naturally I ducked into the store to get snacks. They had one of those peanut/nut roasters and I would get cashews or spanish peanuts. Shadids had news stands also at 6th and Monroe and 5th and Washington, always by a drug store. Walgreen's catty corner from Thrifty's at 5th and Monroe had a larger restaurant.

11:46 AM  

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