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Bartell Drugs set to open doors of 59th store
August 24th, 2010
SEATTLE – Next month, regional chain Bartell Drugs plans to open its 59th store in Bellevue, Wash.
The chain drug retailer said Tuesday that the 15,000-square-foot store, which will occupy a former Loehmann's apparel store site, is scheduled to open Sept. 13 in Bellevue's Factoria neighborhood.
Plans call for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 14 as members of the Bartell family, employees, vendors and local dignitaries celebrate the new store's opening and Bartell Drugs' 120th anniversary.
"We have searched for several years for the right location in the Factoria neighborhood," George Bartell, chairman and chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs, said in a statement. "I am pleased that we will at last have a store there to serve the needs of those that asked for us. I'm excited to bring our brand of great service and value to a great neighborhood."
Leveraging alternative energy technology, the Factoria store will be Bartell Drugs' first location to have a solar energy system to supplement conventional power sources, with panels on the face of the building and on the roof, according to the retailer.
The Factoria store will feature a new full-service pharmacy, including clinical care services and an international travel clinic. Product offerings will include a selection of beer and wine, including local Northwest wines, along with many natural and organic health, beauty and cleaning products; nutritional supplements; and a large selection of convenience foods. The location also will have Bartell Drugs' PixPlus photo department, offering digital print kiosks, a broad selection of camera and sound electronics, on-site one-hour photo finishing and a passport photo center.
In July, Bartell Drugs opened its 58th store, a nearly 12,000-square-foot unit, in the Midlakes area of Bellevue.
Altogether in 2010, Bartell Drugs plans two new stores and three major remodels, George Bartell told Chain Drug Review in an interview earlier this year. Last year, the drug chain opened three new stores, in Issaquah, Mill Creek and Lynwood, Wash.