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Bartell Drugs set to open 65th store

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SEATTLE — This weekend, Bartell Drugs plans to officially open its 65th store, in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.

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A worker puts the finishing touches on the new store.

The Puget Sound-area drug chain said a grand opening event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17. The retailer described the 11,656-square-foot store as one of its signature locations as it expands into more urban neighborhoods.

Located at the intersection of 4th and Jackson streets, the new store is across from King Street station, a regional transit hub that houses Amtrak and the Sounder commuter train.

The store also is near the cultural and business centers of Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District, Bartell said.

“Bartell Drugs is thrilled to be part of this dynamic neighborhood,” president and chief executive officer Brian Unmacht said in a statement. “Our lineup of great products, convenience and superior red-vest service will be a boon to both commuters and area residents alike.”

Bartell noted that the store’s full-service pharmacy offers a spacious waiting area and offers a range of convenient health care services.

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The Northwest On Tap growler station.

Other features include an expanded cosmetics section showcasing seasonal and on-trend colors, shades and products; a beer growler station called “Northwest on Tap” that offers locally crafted microbrews; Caffé Vita espresso and coffee; and a grab-and-go food section serving up freshly made sandwiches and pastries.

The grand opening will feature giveaways like gift baskets and travel clinic kits, special offers at the ice cream fountain and growler fill bar, and other deals throughout the store. Bartell said the first 200 people through the door will receive a limited-edition Bartell Tumbler containing a Bartell Drug’s gift card, ranging from $5 to $500. A traditional Chinese lion dance will also be performed as a welcome into the neighborhood.

Goodman Real Estate was the project developer, and the contractor was Venture General Contracting, Bartell reported. Jan Caraang will be the store’s manager, and Hoa Tran will be the pharmacy manager.

Bartell added that it plans to open its 66th location in Ballard next month.

Editor’s Note: Article updated with new photo.


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