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Kathi Lentzsch named CEO of Bartell Drugs

Kathi Lentzsch named CEO of Bartell Drugs

SEATTLE — Retail veteran Kathi Lentzsch has joined regional pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs as chief executive officer. Lentzsch, most recently interim CEO of Gump’s, a luxury specialty  store and direct-to-consumer retailer based in San Francisco, marks only the fifth chief executive in Bartell Drugs’ history. She takes over from Brian Unmacht, who resigned from Bartell Drugs last

Unmacht steps down as Bartell Drugs CEO

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is searching for a new chief executive officer following the resignation of Brian Unmacht. Unmacht, the first person outside the Bartell family to hold the president and CEO title, resigned to pursue other personal and professional opportunities, a company spokesman said. The senior executive team led by chief financial officer Rob

Bartell Drugs names human resources chief

Bartell Drugs names human resources chief

SEATTLE — Cindy Demeules has joined Bartell Drugs as senior vice president of human resources. The Seattle-area drug chain said Demeules brings a strong background in human resources planning, strategy and functions and will lead HR throughout the Bartell organization, representing the needs of more than 1,700 employees. Demeules previously held HR positions at coffee

Bartell, Amazon step up collaboration

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. is expanding delivery of Bartell Drugs’ inventory to its Amazon Prime Now customers in the Greater Seattle area. The expansion was announced about 10 weeks after Amazon selected Bartells as the first drug store to sell merchandise through its Prime Now one- and two-hour delivery service. About 90% of Bartell’s inventory

Bartell Drugs aims to ‘work faster, work better’

Bartell Drugs aims to ‘work faster, work better’

For Bartell Drugs and chief executive officer Brian Unmacht, 2017 is shaping up to be a watershed year. If all goes according to plan, the 127-year-old company, which for many consumers in the Puget Sound region is synonymous with community pharmacy, will begin to reap the benefits of an enterprisewide reengineering project designed to position

2017 Retail Forecast: Times Are A Changin’

2017 Retail Forecast: Times Are A Changin’

“The times they are a changin’,” Nobel laureate Bob Dylan sang in 1964. It’s as true now as it was 53 years ago, especially for the chain drug industry. With the incoming administration of Donald Trump, all bets are off with health care. The Affordable Care Act appears set for demise, but no one in

Bartell Drugs leverages Amazon service

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has become the first drug chain offering free two-hour delivery through the Amazon.com Prime Now service. Amazon Prime Now members in Greater Seattle can shop for thousands of health and beauty aids, groceries and snacks from Bartells — including local products — and have them delivered to their door within 120

Bartell Drugs’ success all in the family

Bartell Drugs’ success all in the family

The Bartell family, owners of the Seattle-area chain Bartell Drugs, this week received some well-earned recognition for their dedication to the community and business heritage. Seattle Business magazine presented the Bartells with the 2016 Washington Family Business Award for Legacy in an event Wednesday evening at Seattle’s Westin Hotel. Eleven other Washington family enterprises —

Bartell Drugs launches 65th store

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs held a grand opening November 19 for its newest store, its 65th overall, in the city’s burgeoning Ballard neighborhood. The 14,200-square-foot store extends the retailer’s recent focus on urban locales. It features a full-service pharmacy that offers a spacious waiting area and a range of health care options focused on convenience,

Bartell Drugs readies launch of 65th store

Bartell Drugs readies launch of 65th store

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is set to mark the opening of its newest store, in Seattle’s burgeoning Ballard neighborhood. The Puget Sound-area drug chain said is plans to hold a grand opening event for the Ballard store, its 65th overall, on Nov. 19. The 14,200-square-foot store extends the retailer’s recent focus on urban locales. It

Opening increases Bartell’s store count to 65

SEATTLE — Family-owned Bartell Drug Co. unveiled its newest location in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) this month, showcasing new features for convenience and quality products. Located at the intersection of Fourth and Jackson Streets near one of the region’s major public transportation hubs, the 11,656-square-foot store is the chain’s 65th location and is being considered

Bartell Drugs set to open 65th store

Bartell Drugs set to open 65th store

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

Bartell continues to hone stores

Bartell continues to hone stores

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has remodeled two stores and announced an opening for next year. The chain completed renovations in West Seattle and Snohomish and announced a new outlet for Snoqualmie, east of Lake Washington. The West Seattle site now features Bartell’s 10th CareClinic, while the Snohomish outlet has added a drive-through pharmacy window. Both

Bartell Drugs bolsters store base

Bartell Drugs bolsters store base

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has remodeled a pair of stores and plans to open a new store next year. The Puget Sound-area drug chain has completed renovations of stores in West Seattle and Snohomish and announced a new outlet for Snoqualmie, east of Lake Washington. The West Seattle site now features Bartell’s 10th CareClinic walk-in