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Blue Bell returning to Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

After a long hiatus, Blue Bell ice cream will be back on the store shelves in Arizona, and sooner than you think - Monday, March 6.

"It has always been our goal to return to Arizona, and we believe that we are in a great position to expand our sales territory next year,” vice president of sales and marketing Ricky Dickson said in a news release. "Our Arizona fans have been patient, but vocal, when it comes to requests for Blue Bell. We receive questions almost daily asking when our ice cream will be back in stores. Finally, we can give them the answer they have been waiting for."

The company said it will reopen its distribution facilities in Apache Junction, Phoenix and Tucson. Each location has about 40 employees

In 2015, Blue Bell shut down operations across the U.S. and recalled all its products after a listeria outbreak. The company has slowly reopened its production and distribution centers, mainly in the southern U.S.

"We have started hiring personnel and will continue to add more as needed over the next few months,” Dickson said.

Blue Bell has not said which stores will carry its products again, but promised they would be available in "most major supermarkets and drug stores."

A list of Blue Bell flavors and products can be found HERE while a list of places you can buy Blue Bell can be found HERE.

In 2013, Blue Bell broke ground on a new 14,000 square-foot branch facility on East Old Vail Road near South Rita Road in Tucson. The company first opened its door in Old Pueblo in 2005.

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