If any drugstore chain has a prescription for longevity, it's Bartell Drug Company. The nation's oldest drugstore chain, 120-year-old Bartell Drug offers the usual mixture of prescription drugs, OTC medications, personal care products, and convenience items, as well as electronics such as digital cameras and MP3 players; stores also offer digital photo processing services. Founded in 1890 by George H. Bartell Sr., the company is still family owned and operated. In addition to its core commercial operations, Bartell Drug contributes to some 40-plus local and national charities, including the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and Seattle Animal Shelter.
As part of its ongoing expansion, the company has opened a handful of stores during the past couple of years. To cater to an aging population, Bartell Drug is developing and expanding its home health care offerings including home diagnostics, diabetic care, fitness, and exercise aids.
Former Bartell Drug chairman and president George H. Bartell Jr., the son of the company's founder, died in early 2009, aged 92. His son, CEO George D. Bartell, runs the company. – less