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Thrifty White

Corporate Thrifty White Pharmacy
6055 Nathan Lane North
Suite 200
Plymouth, MN 55442
Phone: 763-513-4300
Fax: 763-513-4380

About Us

Our History - Over 120 Years Of Service
Thrifty White Pharmacy is comprised of two major companies: White Drug Enterprises and Thrifty Drug Stores, Inc.

Pharmacy Patient Services

White Drug was founded in 1884 by Mr. and Mrs. H.E.White in Jamestown in what was then the Dakota Territory. Mrs. White was the first female pharmacist in the Territory.

White Drug continued to grow over the years and had 38 stores when acquired by the parent company, Thrifty Drug Stores, Inc in 1985.

1st H.E. White Drug Store in Jamestown, North Dakota


Interior view of White Drug in 1918.
Jamestown, North Dakota.

Photo of two young shoppers in the original White Drug Store in 1890.


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 Pharmacy's center of competitive commitment remains the rural midwest, with over 80+ locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South 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.


Employee Owned
We are a company that is owned by the employees. There are no outside shareholders that own the stock only as an investment. Thrifty White Pharmacy believes its greatest asset is loyal, hard-working people who cooperate in a spirit of teamwork to help the company grow and prosper. We also strongly believe in helping the communities we do business in. Our store managers, pharmacists, and hourly people are all expected to contribute to the community in whatever way they can. Our goal is to be the drug store of choice, to be the best drug store in each town we operate in.

Committed To The Communities We Serve
Thrifty White Pharmacy is committed to providing healthcare to small towns and cities in the rural midwest that range from 1,000 to 90,000 in population.

In 2003 Thrifty White Pharmacy opened it's first telepharmacy site. This concept allows a trained, certified and experienced pharmacy technician to fill and dispense prescription medications after being verified by a pharmacist over an audio-video link. This arrangement allows a community to continue pharmacy services even though the local drugstore has closed or the community is too small to support a traditional drug store. This technology allows patients to receive their medicine while they wait and still be able to talk to a pharmacist.

Thrifty White Pharmacy currently operates multiple Telepharmacy Stores in communities that otherwise would have no prescription services. We are committed to providing healthcare services to small rural communities wherever possible.

We believe that our services and products must exceed the expectations of our customers.

Our commitment to our community starts with our local store employee owner. Many of our pharmacists have chosen to live and work in towns and communities similar to where they were born and raised.

Thrifty White is working closely with the College of Pharmacy at North Dakota State University and its pharmacy students. Today the University and Thrifty White have opened the "Thrifty White Concept Pharmacy" to provide students with an environment and unique experience that they would not be able to get in any other school in the country.

The Concept Pharmacy emphasizes a retail community pharmacy practice. Students from all four years of the professionial program study and experience the latest techniques in such areas as drug distribution systems, telepharmacy, automation, nursing home practice, disease state management and patient education.

Thrifty White Pharmacy Mission Statement

We have two long term assets:
  • Our Customers
  • Our Employee Owners
  • We will provide for the health care needs of our customers through:
  • Professional Pharmacy Services
  • Quality Products
  • Unique and Innovative Practices
  • We will operate in an environment where our employee owners can learn, grow, and prosper.

    As employee owners, we share responsibility for the financial success of our company.