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Ralph's Thriftway
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1908 4th Avenue East Olympia, WA 98506
1908 4th Avenue EastUSWashingtonOlympia98506
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We've been in the business of feeding Thurston County since 1944. Ralph's Thriftway is a local, family-owned business that is only one of two independent grocery stores in the South Sound (the other one being our second location, Bayview Thriftway). We pride ourselves on featuring many local, organic and special dietary products that you can't find anywhere else. In the 70 years we've been in business, we've learned that giving back to our community is just as important as the quality items we put on our shelves. 
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"The store is clean and good order with staff that is willing to help."
"Olympia's slowest pharmacy just got even slower!"
"I am a Thriftway customer for LIFE!"
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Ahniwa Ferrari
7 months ago
We have been shopping almost exclusively at Ralph's for about 8 years now, and wouldn't consider going anywhere else for our weekly shop. Our four-year-old knows everyone by name (and they know his) and we are treated like family. Customer service has always been excellent, in my experience, and the quality of the meat and produce is top-notch. On top of that, their customer rewards program allowed us to save nearly $700 on our Thrifty card, which we used to buy prepaid CCs and go on a vacation to New Orleans last summer. We're back up to about $130 now and looking forward to another pre-paid vacation in a few years.
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cole stormans
a year ago
Ralph's Thriftway is an awesome grocery store! By far have the best produce in town, offering local produce and quality that you will never find in big chain stores. Employees are very friendly and willing to help in anyway they can. Why support a conglomerate when you know that your money is recycled right back into the city it was spend? I am a Thriftway customer for LIFE!!
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Pk Pa
12 months ago
After having an extremely bad experience a few months ago with Kurt in the Pharmacy who tried to charge me for a prescription that was paid for by my insurance because he apparently doesn't believe in Obamacare or something, I got up my courage to go back here because, in spite of being a terrible store that puts me in a bad mood every time I come in here, they do have good meat. I found what I wanted and took it to the counter. I had a lot of change and the cashier commented that I had a lot of pennies that she would give me dimes or a quarter for. I agreed that was a good idea. The pork was $3.31. She counted out the money for it, but later realized she had only counted $2.31 and told me she needed another dollar. I said fine and counted out 25 pennies, and then 75 cents in dimes and nickles. She counted out 75 cents in dimes and nickles, and then took two more dimes and a nickle out of another pile I was going to put in my pocket. I told her that I wanted to use the 25 pennies. She kept saying, "But I need a dollar, though, since I was a dollar short." To make a long story short, nothing I said could get her to take the pennies instead of the 2 dimes and a nickle. Again, a bad experience. Don't Christians learn things in their home school like how to count, how to reason, how to look at something in a different way, and if not, they aren't getting much of an education. It was scary. I don't think I'll be going back there again.
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Matt Newton
a year ago
Olympia's slowest pharmacy just got even slower! Took over an hour to get Amoxicillin filled. The women at the counter said "We have a new computer system, so we are not going to be as fast as we used to be. It will be 20-30 minutes". Didn't think that it was possible and most people use computers to speed up their lives. After 30 Minutes they said that they could not find my information. We have been going there for over 10 years! You lost a family customer yesterday.
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Jesse Taylor
7 months ago
Everything here is wildly overpriced (generally around 10-20% more than other nearby grocery stores charge for the same items) and the staff are rude. This is not to mention the fact that their security staff have assaulted and *killed* people, and that the owners are far-right conservatives who fund all kinds of regressive political initiatives. The only reason I ever go in here is if there is nothing else open, and I must get something (they are open 24 hours) -- but I always feel like I got ripped off when I leave (because I did!). Take your business elsewhere.
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Paul McLain
a year ago
Great store! Priced on the high side on some things but other selections and specials are very competitive. They always have the items you expect in household sizes ( as opposed to industrial sizes). The store is clean and good order with staff that is willing to help. I shop at Ralph's and Bay view to "fill in" my menu or to find specialty or gourmet items. Love the people, love the store!
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8 months ago
I think it's deplorable that the stores are extremely over priced and preying on the most vulnerable of residents the senior community beware the valley of over priced foods
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Eric Hall
5 years ago
Both Thriftway's in Oly are owned by [Kevin] Stormans Inc. Along with not filling birth control prescriptions they keep the condoms locked up. After finding someone... they usually end up saying "oh the person that has the keys is off duty" or some other excuse so that they do not sell any sort of prophylactic. The shell station up the street sells them and has no problem doing so.