PCC Community Markets to Open New Central District Store on June 17

2020 News

Partnership with Byrd Barr Place will deliver ongoing neighborhood support

(SEATTLE, May 27, 2020)PCC Community Markets (PCC) is honored to officially join Seattle’s Central District neighborhood on Wednesday, June 17. Located at 2230 E. Union St., the store marks the 14th location in the Puget Sound for PCC, one of Seattle’s original grocers and the largest community-owned food market in the U.S. To help reflect the spirit of the community, the new store will feature a local art installment and is partnering with Byrd Barr Place to provide ongoing food bank support.

Like all PCC locations, the Central District store will serve more than just its members and shoppers. PCC is partnering with Byrd Barr Place, a beloved neighborhood institution, to address food and nutrition access needs in the community. As the newest partner in PCC’s Food Bank Program, the Central District store will provide a range of quality groceries to support those who trust Byrd Barr Place to bring food to their tables.

“The doors aren’t even open yet, but PCC has already stepped in to help connect us with local farmers to get fresh produce to our clients during these challenging times,” said Andrea Caupain, Byrd Barr Place CEO. “Having a partner like this that we can rely on will have a meaningful impact in our community.”

Local artist, Jite Agbro, aims to help connect the fabric of the neighborhood’s rich history to a new composition of its current makeup with her installation, “In Forms That It Takes.” Her installation consists of 20 panels, each depicting an abstracted image of a key location in the central area. The panels occupy the northwest corner of the 23rd and Union PCC store. “I hope the installation inspires people to reflect on and embrace the vibrant history of this area,” said Agbro.

Aligned with its commitment to community and providing a trusted shopping experience, every PCC location is focused on delivering fresh, quality products, including more than 7,000 organic items and just over 9,400 local products. More than 95 percent of PCC’s produce selection is organic; its fresh meats are 100 percent organic, non-GMO or grass fed; its fresh and frozen raw seafood is responsibly sourced as defined by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program; and, whenever possible, the co-op sources its products from local producers, farmers, ranchers and fishers. Using those same ingredients, PCC chefs make salads, soups, hot entrées and side dishes fresh from scratch daily onsite in the PCC Kitchen.
Members and shoppers at the Central District location can enjoy the following:

  • Full-service meat and seafood, sustainably sourced and cut-to-order.
  • PCC’s large selection of prepackaged bulk items, including everything from flours, rice and nuts to olive oil and new nonfood items like bath salts, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner.
  • An affordable line of certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified pantry staples from Field Day, including more than 150 items from canned beans and extra virgin olive oil to peanut butter and oatmeal.
  • PCC’s own private-label collection of 12 product lines sourced from local producers, like PCC Organic Grass-fed Yogurt made by Pure Éire Dairy in Othello, Wash., and PCC Organic Pastured Eggs from Wilcox Family Farms in Roy, Wash.
  • Made-from-scratch deli offerings that can be taken to go:
    • PCC Pizzeria showcasing fresh-baked pizza made in-house;
    • Hot and cold prepackaged favorites to go, like PCC Grain Bowls, Macaroni and Cheese, Oven Roasted Chicken and a selection of antipasti;
    • Meals for two that come with a main and a side dish, such as Linguine with Meatballs, Parmesan Chicken Fingers and Turkey Meatloaf;
    • Family-sized salads and ready-to-heat casseroles, including Chicken Enchiladas and Strawberry Spinach Salad.
  • A carefully curated selection of 100% Pacific Northwest-produced spirits to complement the co-op’s collection of exclusive wines and local beers and ciders.

Respected PCC veteran, Tim Tackett, is proud to lead the team as the Central District Store Director. Combining his passions from earlier work in education and restaurant management, Tim joined PCC in 2009 as a Deli Lead at the Fremont store and has since held other roles including Assistant Store Director and Store Director at that location.

The new Central District store will adopt all the health and safety protocols of the other PCC stores in the area. In an ongoing focus to keep staff, members and shoppers safe, the store will have signage encouraging social distancing as well as plexiglass at check stands. All store staff are required to wear masks and it is highly encouraged for shoppers to do the same out of respect for the health and safety of the community. In addition, as with all PCC stores, Central District PCC has upgraded the quality of its air filters. The filters are also changed more frequently and the amount of airflow in-store has been increased to boost circulation.

The new 18,000-square-foot store has 50 free parking spaces and will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17. As always, every PCC location welcomes co-op members and nonmembers, alike. Get more information on membership, and join us on Facebook or Instagram.

 

About PCC Community Markets

Founded in Seattle in 1953, PCC Community Markets (PCC) is the nation’s largest community-owned food market with an unmatched enthusiasm for making food from scratch. PCC is a haven for those who share a dedication to fresh, organic, seasonal food that is sustainably sourced from local producers, farmers, ranchers and fishers. With an active membership of more than 77,000 households, PCC operates 14 stores in the Puget Sound area, including the cities of Bothell, Burien, Edmonds, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond and Seattle. Seattle stores are in the neighborhoods of Ballard, Central District, Columbia City, Fremont, Green Lake, View Ridge and West Seattle. The co-op also plans to open new stores in Bellevue, Madison Valley and Downtown Seattle.

In 2019, PCC gave more than 65% percent of pretax earnings to members and the communities it serves, including nonprofits around the Puget Sound area such as PCC Farmland Trust, FareStart, Ventures, and Long Live the Kings.

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