Tim Babcock

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Bartell's Triangle store. A two story store containing a soda fountain. It was one of the last traditional soda fountains that stayed until 1980. This site is where Westlake Park stands today.

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Bartell's to be sold to Rite Aid

As the city of Seattle has seen many of it's original examples of traditions slip as the Emerald City has become a city that is more influenced from others that aren't native to the city or the state, many of the cities origins disappear. This is the latest one.

Just a year after Washington statehood was declared, Bartell's, a local drug store chain was started that became a major regional drug store chain covering the Puget Sound area for 130 years.

In October, the copany announced that it would sell to Rite Aid, a company who is teetering on bankruptcy itself for $95 million, a bargain since the Belltown store made $500 million.

Drug store mergers haven't done well for the area. When the Thrifty/Payless merger happened, many strip malls were empty as the result of closures that happened from Pay N Save locations (a major former local drug store chain acquired by Trifty in the mid 1980's) being shut down.