How our co-op works

A CO-OP IN ACTION…

PCC was started by a community of people and we maintain our roots by being member-owned and operated. Our members are actually partial owners of our stores. Members determine bylaws, elect the Board of Trustees each year (an important activity, as the trustees represent the interests of the members), and may participate through committees and individual volunteer projects. And unlike other grocery stores, our profits go directly back into our stores or to the communities we serve!

  • PCC Community Markets is committed to a triple bottom line: the economic, social and environmental responsibilities that shape our co-op from the ground up.
  • PCC members each own an equal part of the co-op (for just a $62 lifetime investment).
  • PCC members elect other members to serve on the board. Board members develop policies to direct the co-op and strive to make sure that PCC provides what you, the members, want.
  • The PCC board hires a CEO to manage the business. The CEO hires and oversees PCC staff (who are also members) to operate and take care of the co-op for other members.
  • We use the members’ investment and our annual net earnings to bring products that our members want to market, support the community, remodel our stores and open new stores.
  • We don’t use private equity, venture capital or the stock market to fund our co-op. This is the essence of a community-owned business.
  • We support local events, projects and community-based organizations that share our values.
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Board of Trustees

A nine-member Board of Trustees, elected by the Active Membership, directs PCC. Each trustee serves a three-year term, with three positions open for election each year. A trustee may serve no more than three consecutive elected terms. Two additional trustees may be appointed by the Board of Trustees for a one-year term. An appointed trustee may serve no more than two consecutive appointed terms. For more information, please see  Section 3.4 of PCC’s Bylaws.

Meet the board and learn more about board responsibilities, board meetings and how to communicate with the board. 

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Annual Reports

Our commitment to our members is to deliver success across a triple bottom line. View our most recent annual reports to see how we’ve done.

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2017 Annual Members Business Meeting

PCC’s Annual Members Business Meeting took place on June 13, 2017. Julianne Lamsek, 2016 – 2017 Board Chair, and Cate Hardy, CEO, spoke about the state of the co-op, followed by member Q&A.

Read Julianne and Cate’s remarks
Election Results

Your vote matters! Read about the 2017 election results including information about the elected candidates, FAQs, the Nominating Committee, and results from prior years.

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PCC’s Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws

The Articles of Incorporation are drafted by PCC and filed with the state as a description of how PCC does business within the limits set by applicable statutes.

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Ends Policies

It’s the job of PCC management to drive PCC to fulfill these Ends Policies. Written with a long-term perspective, these mission-related policies embody the board’s long-range vision. Virtually every initiative that management pursues in the course of a year is guided by an element of these policies.

Read our Ends Policies