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Bartell Drugs set to open next-gen store
October 1st, 2013
SEATTLE – Later this month, Bartell Drugs plans to open one of its largest stores in the Greenwood neighborhood of north central Seattle.
The Puget Sound-area drug chain said Tuesday that the store, which replaces a smaller location, is slated to open its doors on Oct. 13, with a grand opening event scheduled for Oct. 26.
A former Blockbuster Video site, the 16,085-square-foot Greenwood store will accommodate a broader selection of merchandise and feature elements of Bartell's next-generation retail concept, according to the company.
Along with bright new displays, accented decor and other improvements designed to enhance the shopping experience, the new store will include Bartell's Urban Market, Sweets & Snacks and Beauty departments plus an enlarged, full-service pharmacy.
The store also will house the Greenwood Growler Station, offering a rotating selection of six regional beers and ales on tap. Customers can select draft brews to take home in half-gallon "growler" glass jugs.
For the grand opening event, on-site festivities will include family activities, product samplings, a free hot dog barbecue and a live radio broadcast.
The opening also marks a milestone for Bartell: 80 years of service to the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods. The company opened its first store in Greenwood in 1933.
Overall, Bartell Drugs operates 61 stores in Washington's King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.
Bartell has been steadily bolstering its store base with new locations and remodels. In late May, the drug chain acquired two pharmacies from The Everett Clinic, giving it 60 locations. And in August, the retailer opened its 61st store in Seattle's South Lake Union section. Plans call for Bartell to open its 62nd store later this year in North Bend, Wash.