In 1994 we opened our first Rice Garden restaurant inside an Albertsonâ€™s (formerly Lucky) grocery store in Long Beach, California featuring freshly .. read moreprepared traditional Chinese and Asian cuisine. Like many Asian-Americans, we grew up enjoying authentic Chinese food as prepared by our parents or by chefs at upscale Chinese establishments and it was clear to us that a void existed in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) category for providing fresh, great tasting Chinese cuisine. Based on the impressive sales results at our first location, we knew that we created something special. When customers recognized that they didnâ€™t have to settle for pre-processed and re-heated foods, our reputation spread and we began to grow.
Twelve years and 80+ restaurants later, we at Rice Garden remain passionate about freshness, value and taste. Our restaurants are now found in supermarkets, universities, malls, cafeterias and street locations. Our management team has built an excellent operations model that works on many levels: Customers love our food and continue to frequent our restaurants; our many business partners who â€śhostâ€ť Rice Garden locations appreciate our integrity as well as consistent profitability without complications; and the employees of Rice Garden believe in the benefits of preparing and serving delicious home meal replacements.
Thrifty Drug was founded in 1957 by Mr. Douglas Stark, Mr. Jack Lindoo and Mr. Edward Olsen.
Store #1 for Thrifty Drug Stores was located in Brainerd, MN. Today Thrifty White Drug's center of competitive commitment remains the rural midwest, with over 80+ locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Montana and Wisconsin. The company's primary focus is pharmacy business along with associated drug store operations. The pharmacy, health aids, cosmetics, photo, giftware and greeting card departments are the core departments the business is built around.