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Thrifty/Payless in Las Vegas

Post by Groceteria » 21 Jul 2008 07:22

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lvkewlkid wrote:does anybody know about the history of PayLess/Thrifty in Vegas? Maybe this will be separated into a different topic, I'm sorry to go o/t...Is the Welfare building at Pecos/Flamingo a former Pay Less as it looks like it has one of those garden center areas that the other ones had?

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Post by lvkewlkid » 21 Jul 2008 07:35

i remember somewhere that someone said that the former Sav-On's are also former Thrifty's...

are there any former Pay Less/Thrifty locations that are no longer current aka former Rite Aids..

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Post by storewanderer » 23 Jul 2008 00:13

Payless had 11 stores operating in Las Vegas when Rite Aid took the chain over. I know a few were still open earlier this year when Rite Aid tucked their tail between their legs and left Las Vegas, including one on Rainbow next to an unremodeled former Lucky now Albertsons (this store had been remodeled inside and downsized), one on West Sahara in the 3000 block which was unremodeled, and one down on Boulder Highway in Henderson which was unremodeled.

Thrifty had left the market, selling their stores to Sav-On by 1994. The 1994 deal involved about two dozen stores in NV and AZ. The only location I have for certain that I know is open and operating as CVS is down in Boulder City. I didn't pay too much attention to CVS's stores down there.
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Post by rnaikens » 20 Nov 2008 01:17

Here's a Thrifty ad from 1972. The Nellis unit was bulldozed for a Super Walmart. The address for the downtown unit doesn't exist, although it looks like the building survives.
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Post by lvkewlkid » 20 Nov 2008 05:58

fremont still exists as something else, if you look at old postcards, you will see the thrifty neon sign...

Tonopah Hwy is now Rancho Dr, that location is now Save-A-Lot, i believe, as i heard the welfare building used to be Safeway...

i have always wondered what was at Decatur/Vegas in the big dirt lot, was the Thrifty there or where Habitat for Humanity is?

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Post by justin karimzad » 20 Nov 2008 19:53

The Fremont Thrifty is Tiffany's Gifts now, at 317 Fremont st. This was the first out-of-california Thrifty, opening October 1952. It was two stories, with furniture and other big items sold on the second floor. The building was originally a JC Penney.
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Post by lvkewlkid » 21 Nov 2008 05:42

didn't the JCPenney move east to 7th and Fremont (or was that Sears?)

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Post by justin karimzad » 21 Nov 2008 11:45

lvkewlkid wrote: i have always wondered what was at Decatur/Vegas in the big dirt lot, was the Thrifty there or where Habitat for Humanity is?
The Thrifty is Beauty Supply Warehouse now, and still uses Thrifty's pylon sign.
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From the same website I found out that the Thrifty was JC Penney, JC Penney moved east on Fremont to where the Fremont Medical Building is now.
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Post by justin karimzad » 21 Nov 2008 14:51

By June 1976, there was also a Thrifty somewhere along E. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas. I'm wondering if that was the current CVS at 1812 E. Charleston Blvd?

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Post by justin karimzad » 21 Nov 2008 17:21

lvkewlkid wrote:Is the Welfare building at Pecos/Flamingo a former Pay Less as it looks like it has one of those garden center areas that the other ones had?
3330 E. Flamingo Rd? Yes, that is a former Payless :)
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Re: Thrifty/Payless in Las Vegas

Post by romleys » 21 Nov 2008 17:38

Just had to mention that Thrifty Ice Cream is still distributed "Thrifty Payless" El Monte,CA. No mention of Rite Aid anywhere on the package.
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Post by justin karimzad » 21 Nov 2008 17:38

I have no idea where this is/was, but Thrifty Drug had a store in the Sunrise Pavilion (shopping center?).

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Post by lvkewlkid » 22 Nov 2008 04:41

justin karimzad wrote:By June 1976, there was also a Thrifty somewhere along E. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas. I'm wondering if that was the current CVS at 1812 E. Charleston Blvd?
current CVS is a former Sav-On, the Thrifty could have been part of the shopping center when it was the Charleston Plaza Mall, which was demalled (possibly demolished and rebuilt?) in the late 80s with a Lucky and Sav-On....

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Post by rnaikens » 25 Nov 2008 00:55

Here's another Thrifty ad. I think Maryland and Karen is now OfficeMax.

The Habitat building on North Decatur is an original Food Fair and later a Pay N PaK Hardware. The vacant lot of a former Wonderworld and the very first Lucky's in LV. (Originally a Wonder World Discount Foods that Lucky's bought)

The East Charleston location is a vacant lot in front of Lowes. It was a Thrifty next to a Safeway. Later it was a The Furniture Store next to J&J Market and later a Food Giant Market. Food Giant closed and the furniture store took both buildings.

Remember The Furniture Store TV ads where "James" the spokesman acted like he was Telly Savalis with a lollypop?
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