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Family-owned Boulevard Park Thriftway offers great specials and rich history

Boulevard Park Thriftway, family owned and operated – and a B-Town Blog Advertiser – is rich with history and great specials.

For example, right now (through Tuesday, Sept. 3) they’re holding a Labor Day Spectacular, with 100% All Natural Pork Country Style Bone-In Spareribs on sale for just $1.99/lb.

Also, fresh whole coho salmon for just $5.99/lb. and fresh whole seedless watermelon – great for healthy snacking – is just $3.99 each.

For a complete look at current specials, please go to:


They are located just a few blocks north of North SeaTac Park, address (and map) and phone listed below.

Boulevard Park Thriftway is owned and operated by Bill and Rebecca Knowles. Bill’s family has been involved in the grocery business since 1926. Rebecca joined the company in 1992 following a successful career at Bank of America.

The family grocery tradition was started in 1926 by Bill’s Grandfather, Howard “Howie” Mansfield. The first store was located across the street from the current Boulevard Park location. The original store had two gas pumps and a snack bar serving chili. The family lived in a house attached to the back of the store.

Among the most innovative grocers in the Northwest, Howie installed the first ice cream machine in 1929. He added the first meat shop in South Seattle in 1934 and converted to customer self-service in 1935. The first electric meat saw was purchased in 1939 and conveyor belts were also added to the check stands at that time. The innovations did not end with Howie.

When his son, Richard, returned from World War II and took over the management of the company, he began several remodeling projects, enlarging the existing store to its maximum capacity in the mid 1950’s.

In 1958 and 1959 the Mansfields purchased the property across the street, built the Mansfield’s Shopping Center and relocated the store to its current location.

Boulevard Park Thriftway was purchased and subsequently remodeled in 1989. Another major remodel of the store was completed in 1999, propelling it into the 21st century. In 1999 the Knowles purchased the shopping center from Mansfield family members.

The Boulevard Park Shopping Center was then renovated, along with improvement in the tenant mix to better compliment the Thriftway Store.

“Our goal is for this shopping center to be the jewel of the Boulevard Park community,” said Rebecca.

Boulevard Park Thriftway
12000 Des Moines Memorial Drive South
Burien, WA 98168

Manager: Melissa Gilbert

Phone: (206) 246-5697

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 6am to 11pm
Saturday – Sunday 7am to 11pm

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