Bartell Drugs sold to Rite Aid for $95 million

SEATTLE (AP) — Bartell Drugs, one of the oldest companies in Washington state, is being sold to Rite Aid for $95 million. The 67-store regional drugstore chain has been owned by the same family since its founding in Seattle’s Central District in 1890. The companies announced the deal on Wednesday. The Seattle Times reports that Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid, which has about 2,500 stores in 19 states, including 69 in and around Seattle, will keep the Bartell name on the stores. It disclosed no plans to close stores or cut any of Bartell’s about 1,600 retail staff. The sale is expected to close in December.