Bartell Drugs has been a locally-owned, Seattle-based company since 1890. That’s right, 130 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.
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 Sr. founded Bartell Drugs in Seattle’s Central District
Film development and photo services became available
Bartell Drugs opens its 10th location, our Wallingford store still standing strong on 45th St.
Bartell’s Candy Kitchen successfully makes and produces chocolates and treats to sell to customers
Bartell’s opens up its Soda Fountain, serving lunch, beverages and ice-cream at its famous Triangle Store
After the passing of Bartell’s founder, his son George Bartell Jr. continues his father’s legacy
George Bartell Jr. passes the business onto his son George D. Bartell. Three years later, his daughter, Jean Bartell-Barber, also joins the company
The first of many flu shots are given by Bartell pharmacists
Bartell’s installs growler fills at select Bartell locations around town.
Kathi Lentzsch joins Bartell Drugs as their CEO and President
Bartell’s celebrates its 130th Anniversary serving the Pacific Northwest
Bartell Drugs becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid, still proudly serving the Pacific Northwest.
Our Brand Values
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!
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.
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’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.