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Bartell family selected as 2016 “Washington Family Business Award Legacy” winners

Dec. 8th, 2016, 8:30 pm

SEATTLE—The Bartell family, owners of the Washington chain of Bartell Drugs stores, won the Seattle Business Magazine “2016 Washington Family Business Award for Legacy” presented at a special event held Wednesday night at the Westin Hotel.

With its exceptional Northwest history and reputation, the Bartell family was in the running with a number of multi-generational, distinguished family business enterprises nominated from all over the state. The Bartells were eventually chosen due to their long tenure, sustained business acumen and stature, and outstanding duty to service and community.

Eleven other family enterprises (averaging over 77 years of continuous family ownership each) from across the state were also in contention for the award.

Bartell Drugs has been continuously owned by the Bartell family since its origin in Seattle’s Central District. Pioneer George H. Bartell, Sr., opened his first drugstore in 1890, nine years before Washington became a state. Since then, the family has grown it into the oldest and largest family-owned drugstore in the United States, currently with 65 locations in western Washington.

The chain continues to grow with two additional stores set to open in 2017 in Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood and one on the Eastside’s Snoqualmie Ridge, always focusing on convenience, service and local flavor.

The third and fourth generations of the Bartell family was on-hand for the presentation event, including George D. Bartell, chairman of the Bartell Drugs’ Board; Jean Bartell Barber, sister of George and vice chair of the Board; and Evelyn Merrill, senior manager, digital, for the company.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

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Media Contact:

Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 (office), or ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

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