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Blue Bell returning to Amarillo

Amarillo, TX -   It didn't make it in time to be served next to a Thanksgiving pecan pie, but Blue Bell could fit nicely in a frozen Christmas stocking. 

After an eight month hiatus, Amarillo is getting it's first shipment of the beloved Blue Bell Brand and many are thrilled to get their first scoop once again. 

"Yay, it's about time," said long time Blue Bell fan Sylvia McDad. "I'm glad to hear that because you realize how much you appreciate a certain brand when it's gone." 

Starting at 4 a.m. on Monday, December 14th, Blue Bell trucks will pull into United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Walmart, and Sam's Club carrying five flavors to restock the shelves: Homemade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, The Great Divide, Cookies' N Creme, and Butter Pecan.

It's part of blue bell's third phase of redistribution. 

Local store managers say they anticipate sales to go through the roof. 

"We're making arrangements to have extra product on hand, product on display as well as product on our regular shelves," said Market Street United store director, Matt Edwards. "They might be lined up at 6 a.m. ready to get their first Blue Bell fix." 

Blue Bell was pulled from all shelves in April after Listeria was discovered in some half gallon cartons of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. The Listeria outbreak included 10 cases in four states: Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas-- with three people dying as a result of the illness, but there's confidence this won't happen again. 

"Walmart and Blue Bell have worked really hard with regulators to make sure the product is safe before we send it back out," said Walmart store manager Glen Jones. 

Regardless of the recalled products and the different brands of ice cream out there, the loyalty to this Texas favorite hasn't wore off. 

"We just like the taste of it, we get use to that and we don't like to change," said McDad. 

Amarillo isn't the only city in the Panhandle to get Blue Bell back. Canyon, Dumas, Borger, Hereford and Pampa are expected to get their shipments on Monday. 

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