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Bartell honors suppliers at 28th annual Vendor Breakfast


SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs took over the Seattle Aquarium Thursday to honor its supplier partners at its 28th annual Vendor Breakfast. The breakfast featured owners, CEOS, presidents and products representatives from more than 80 companies, including more than 25 that are locally based.

“Bartell Drugs is extremely appreciative of the relationships it has with its many vendors,” Bartell Drugs SVP merchandising said. “Building exceptional relationships with our community, customer and vendor partners allow us to deliver quality products and prices at the same time leaving room for a little fun.”

At the event, the chain presented several of its vendors with awards for work that went above and beyond to help the company, Bartell Drugs said. The Bartell Family Values Award for exceptional service was given to Bryan Nelson of Jensen Distribution services, the Sales Representative of the Year Award went to Reckitt Benckiser’s Michele Renz and the Local Vendor of the year Award went to Lane McVicker and Jean Thompson of Seattle Chocolate.

“Our vendor partnerships are vital to the success of our business,” Beebe said. “Their cooperation helps drive forward our initiatives to create a shopping environment that highlights popular product lines, brings quality local products to the forefront, promotes convenience and, of course, creates exceptional customer service experiences.”

The company also recognized the conservation work of the Seattle Aquarium by donating $3,000 to its Octopus Protection Project and presenting associate curator Joel Hollander with a gift basket of local treats.

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