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Bartell Drugs readies launch of 65th store

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SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is set to mark the opening of its newest store, in Seattle’s burgeoning Ballard neighborhood.

bartell_new-ballard-store_2016The Puget Sound-area drug chain said it 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 features a full-service pharmacy that offers a spacious waiting area and a range of health care options focused on convenience, says a company spokesman.

Other store features include an expanded cosmetics section showcasing seasonal and on-trend products; a growler fill-spot called “Northwest on Tap” featuring local microbrews; and a Fresh Food Fast ­Marketplace.

Bartell has had a presence in the maritime-centric Ballard neighborhood since 1911. The Northwest Seattle neighborhood hosts the “Ballard Locks,” where visitors flock to watch recreational and commercial vessels pass between Puget Sound and the docks and warehouses dotting the city’s freshwater lakes.

“Bartell Drugs is proud of its long history in Ballard,” Brian Unmacht, president and chief executive officer of the 126-year-old drug chain, said in a statement. “We’re excited to build on this tradition with our new store and to continue offering the convenience, service and outstanding lines of quality products — including our focus on local items — that has made Bartells a trusted retailer throughout the Northwest.”