(KARK) Blue Bell Ice Cream is coming back to stores in 24 Arkansas cities next month.
In a news release issued Friday, the company said it will begin servicing Little Rock and its surrounding areas on Jan. 11. (See the full list of cities below).
“With the addition of the Little Rock market, Blue Bell Ice Cream will be available in a majority of the state of Arkansas,” said Ricky Dickson, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell. “We continue to make good progress in our three production facilities. This has allowed us to increase our production capacity and build enough inventory to properly service the Little Rock area sooner than expected.”
Blue Bell says it will bring back 22 employees at its Little Rock distribution facility who were put on paid furlough earlier this year. That brings the total number of furloughed employees returning to work to about 1,000 company-wide.
For now Blue Bell is producing these flavors: Buttered Pecan, Cookies ’n Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla, Peppermint, Pistachio Almond and The Great Divide. 12-pak Homemade Vanilla Cups and 12-pak Homemade Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate Cups are also available in stores.
Cities to be serviced include:
- Bella Vista
- Fort Smith
- Hot Springs
- Little Rock
- North Little Rock
- Pine Bluff
- Van Buren