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Proud to Serve our
Northwest Neighbors

Bartell Drugs has been a locally born and raised company since 1890. That’s right, 131 years and counting. We’re passionate about serving our customers, supporting the health and wellness needs of our community, and showcasing on our shelves over 150 local partners, all made right here in the Pacific Northwest.

Treating Washington Well Since 1890

Bartell Drugs began in Seattle, WA in 1890 when a roguish 21-year-old pharmacist named George H. Bartell Sr. purchased a small pharmacy in Seattle’s Central District. From there, he built his business from a foundation of exceptional customer service, providing a personalized pharmacy experience, and offering innovative products and services. This combination allowed Bartell, his children, and grandchildren to successfully grow and shape the business to the 67 stores and pharmacy locations it is today.


George Bartell, Bartell Drugs founder


George Bartell Sr. founded Bartell Drugs in Seattle’s Central District


Photo Services at Bartell Drugs


Film development and photo services became available



Bartell Drugs opens its 10th location, our Wallingford store still standing strong on 45th St.


Candy Shoppe at Bartell Drugs


Bartell’s Candy Kitchen successfully makes and produces chocolates and treats to sell to customers


Soda Fountain at Bartell Drugs


Bartell’s opens up its Soda Fountain, serving lunch, beverages and ice-cream at its famous Triangle Store


George Bartll Jr.


After the passing of Bartell’s founder, his son George Bartell Jr. continues his father’s legacy


Jean Bartell-Barber, George D. Bartell


George Bartell Jr. passes the business onto his son George D. Bartell. Three years later, his daughter, Jean Bartell-Barber, also joins the company


Flu Shots given at Bartell's starting 2001


The first of many flu shots are given by Bartell pharmacists


Growler Stations Bartell Drugs


Bartell’s installs growler fills at select Bartell locations around town.


Kathi Lentzsch Bartell's CEO

2018 – 2020

Kathi Lentzsch joins Bartell Drugs as their CEO and President


About Us Celebrating 130 Years 1890 - 2020

130 Years

Bartell’s celebrates its 130th Anniversary serving the Pacific Northwest


Rite Aid


Bartell Drugs becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid, still proudly serving the Pacific Northwest.


Our Brand Values

Bartell Drugs About Us Local Products


As a local business based in Seattle, WA, we love supporting other local businesses. In fact, you can find over 3,000 PNW made products represented by 150 suppliers on our shelves!

Bartell Drugs About Us Service


Our friendly staff is committed to making your shopping experience a positive one, whether you’re looking for a specific item, exploring our aisles for something new or picking up a prescription.

Bartell Drugs About Us Pharmacy Health and Wellness


Come see one of our trusted pharmacists for your prescriptions as well as an impressive list of services including travel consultations, immunizations, and health screenings. They can also address any questions you have about our over-the-counter items.

Bartell Drugs About Us Community Service


Bartell’s cares about giving back to the greater Seattle community. Through September 2020, we’ve raised over $250,000 to support local food pantries, seniors during the COVID pandemic, and children and families as they head back to school.