PCC Community Markets has revealed that it will open its long-awaited location in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, January 19 at 9 a.m., as the community recovers from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are delighted to welcome PCC to downtown Seattle,” said Jon Scholes, president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association. “This is an exciting opening for the thousands of people who live and work downtown, and it comes at a critical time as we look to welcome again more office workers and more residents calling. downtown like never before. PCC and its commitment to the community are representative of the spirit of downtown Seattle. Last year they stepped up and provided grants to support access to food for nonprofits in the area, and now they will be opening their doors to downtown residents and visitors with a great full service neighborhood grocery store.
In addition to the new store, the co-op also marks the growth of its membership program, which now has more than 100,000 members. While anyone can shop at PCC stores, members who pay a one-time fee of $ 60 receive a lifetime membership offering exclusive access to in-store offers, invitations to unique events, discounts from partner companies with similar values, the ability to earn towards a potential annual dividend, and the ability to guide PCC by voting in the its annual election to determine the board of directors.
Downtown PCC Store Manager Jai San Miguel, who joined the co-op in 2020 and most recently was the manager of its Central District location, brings more than 20 years of grocery management experience to his last role. “I am honored to open our brand new location where my passion for team building and supporting our local communities can be at the center of our minds every day,” said San Miguel. “As the anchor power source of a vibrant downtown, we are thrilled to be a part of the neighborhood revitalization and we are committed to becoming a trusted member of the community where people come for a cup. of coffee, meet up with a friend on a lunch break and pick up dinner.
The new store also offers employment opportunities in the region, as well as career development for existing staff. In fact, 40% of the location’s managerial positions have been filled by existing employees who have been promoted to support the store. The PCC partners with UFCW Local 21, which has represented staff in non-management stores for almost 40 years.
Like other grocery stores, PCC’s downtown shelves are stocked with food and non-food items made without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, nanotechnology, or synthetic biology. Using these same ingredients, PCC chefs prepare fresh salads, soups, hot entrees and side dishes on-site in the PCC kitchen on a daily basis. The store includes a fresh salad bar, a hot bar and a hot soup bar, as well as a delicatessen; a selection of 95% organic products; 100% organic, non-GMO or grass-fed fresh meats, responsibly sourced fresh and frozen raw seafood; a self-service bakery offering homemade items; 12 private label lines from local producers, in addition to nearly 200 supplements and vitamins packaged in recyclable brown glass to stay fresh; a wide selection in bulk, including flours, rice and nuts; and a carefully curated selection of spirits produced 100% in the Pacific Northwest to complement its collection of exclusive wines, local beers and ciders.
Additionally, in collaboration with the downtown community, the PCC created a new Downtown Seattle Food Access Grant. The six recipients, who each received a $ 5,000 grant, were announced last year.
The new store will feature house poles sculpted by Andrea M. Wilbur-Sigo, a member of the Squaxin Island tribe. His work, “The Way of Life” was created to convey the connection between people and the environment. Meaningful artwork is an important factor in meeting the requirements of the Living Building Challenge Petal certification from the International Living Future Institute in Seattle, the most rigorous green building standard in the world. The downtown Seattle location is PCC’s fourth store to achieve Petal certification.
Showcasing the co-op’s health and safety protocols to provide a safe shopping environment for staff, members and shoppers, the approximately 20,000 square foot store is located in Rainier Square at 1320 4th Avenue.
Seattle-based PCC Community Markets is a certified organic retailer and the nation’s largest community food market, with over 100,000 active members. Its fresh, seasonal organic food is sustainably sourced from more than 800 local producers, farmers, ranchers and fishermen. PCC operates 16 stores in the Puget Sound area, including the Washington state cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Edmonds, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, and Seattle. The co-op also plans to open new stores in Madison Valley and move its location to Kirkland.