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Bartell’s: More than 128 years of loving and living local

Bartell’s: More than 128 years of loving and living local

SEATTLE — Washington became a state in 1889. That same year, George Bartell bought his first pharmacy in Seattle. There are fewer things in the Puget Sound Area that are more local than Bartell’s. Serving the Northwest for 129 years, Bartell’s is dedicated to supporting the local community including those that live in the area as

Bartells Drugs names Kathi Lentzsch as CEO

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs, the country’s largest and oldest family-owned pharmacy, announced two significant hires to its executive ranks last month, including Kathi Lentzsch as the company’s chief executive officer, who becomes only the fifth CEO in the company’s 128-year history. Lentzsch comes to the company with more than three decades of retail experience with

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

Bartell Drugs announces new board members

Bartell Drugs announces new board members

SEATTLE  — Bartell Drugs has elected three new members to its board of directors. The Puget Sound-area drug chain said Tuesday that veteran business executives Kathy Gersch, Mark Schwartz and Kristi Marchbanks have joined the Bartell Drugs board, bringing range of strategic, entrepreneurial and cross-industry experience to the company. “We are delighted to add these

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

Chain Drug Consortium adopts new name

PARK CITY, Utah — The Chain Drug Consortium LLC (CDC) has changed its name to Pharmacy Value Alliance LLC. The new banner, the consortium said, better reflects the community pharmacy focus of its approximately one dozen regional drug chain members. The organization has also announced an agreement with the Emerson Group to manage its growing

Chain Drug Consortium adopts new identity

Chain Drug Consortium adopts new identity

PARK CITY, Utah — In shifting the management of its private-label offering, Chain Drug Consortium LLC (CDC) has changed its name to Pharmacy Value Alliance LLC. CDC said the Pharmacy Value Alliance banner better reflects the community pharmacy focus of its approximately one dozen regional drug chain members. Also on Monday, CDC announced an agreement with

Bartell adds Segrave to its board

SEATTLE — Former Walmart vice president of pharmacy Frank Segrave has joined the board of directors at Bartell Drugs. On the drug chain’s board, Segrave replaces Brian Unmacht, who was appointed as president and chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs in April. Unmacht joined Bartell’s management as president in January and has served on the

Pharmacy veteran Segrave joins Bartell Drugs’ board

Pharmacy veteran Segrave joins Bartell Drugs’ board

SEATTLE — Frank Segrave, president and chief executive officer of Silvergate Pharmaceuticals and former vice president of pharmacy at Walmart, has joined the board of directors of Bartell Drugs. On the Seattle-area drug chain’s board, Segrave replaces Brian Unmacht, who was appointed as president and CEO of Bartell Drugs in April earlier this year. Unmacht

Frestedt is promoted at Bartell

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs this month announced the promotion of Steven Frestedt to vice president of marketing. Frestedt had been the company’s marketing director. He also spent 20 years with advertising agencies in Seattle and Los ­Angeles. “Steve brings great experience to the role and is committed to our marketing effectiveness by using an evolving

Bartell Drugs set to open new store

Bartell Drugs set to open new store

  SEATTLE — This week, Bartell Drugs plans to open its 63rd store, located in Lynnwood, Wash. The Seattle-area drug chain said Monday that the 15,000-square-foot store will open for business on May 22, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to follow on May 28 and a big lineup of grand-opening festivities planned for May 30. Situated at 2518

Unmacht named CEO at Bartell

Unmacht named CEO at Bartell

SEATTLE — Brian Unmacht has been named chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs, becoming the first person from outside the Bartell family to hold that title. George D. Bartell, who had been the 62-store, Seattle-area chain’s CEO for 25 years, will continue to serve as chairman. His sister, Jean Bartell Barber, is vice chairman and treasurer. Unmacht,

Bartell Drugs names Unmacht as new CEO

Bartell Drugs names Unmacht as new CEO

SEATTLE — Brian Unmacht has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs, succeeding longtime CEO George Bartell as the head of the 125-year-old, family-owned drug chain. The Seattle drug chain said late Wednesday that Bartell, who has served as CEO for the past 25 years, will remain chairman. Also, Jean Bartell Barber will continue to serve

Bartell Drugs to add more CareClinics

SEATTLE — More CareClinic locations are slated to be added to Bartell Drugs stores over the next 18 months, following the opening of clinics in three stores a year ago. Through a partnership between Bartell and nonprofit health system Group Health Cooperative, CareClinics were opened in the early part of 2014 at the drug chain’s