PCC Community Markets Welcomes David Spear as Vice President of Merchandising, Promotions and Sourcing

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PCC Community Markets (PCC or “the co-op”), the nation’s largest retail food co-op operating 15 neighborhood grocery stores in the Puget Sound area, is announcing that David Spear joined the co-op as Vice President of Merchandising, Promotions and Sourcing. Spear brings decades of expertise to the role and the co-op’s leadership team. He now leads the merchandising team that sources PCC’s product offerings with a dedication to fresh, organic, seasonal food that is sustainably sourced from over 800 local producers, farmers, ranchers, and fishers. He also holds a crucial role in shaping PCC’s promotional go-to-market strategy, store experience, and the co-op’s private label and pricing strategy.

“I could not be more thrilled that Dave has joined our leadership team. Everything about his experience and passion is directly aligned with our co-op’s mission towards people, planet and profit” said Krish Srinivasan, President and CEO of PCC Community Markets. “PCC and the rest of retail food industry has been in the midst of significant change these last few years, and the unique role we play as a co-op has never been more important. I am so grateful to have Dave guiding our product and merchandising strategy as we navigate these coming years.”

Spear has worked in food retail for more than 20 years, navigating a diverse range of roles that span merchandising, procurement, and operations. He comes to PCC following nearly 16 years at Whole Foods Market, most recently in the role of Executive Leader of Operations. Prior to Whole Foods Market, Spear spent five years at the Chicago-based gourmet grocer, Fox & Obel Market. He is already utilizing his diverse work experience to provide innovative, reliable, and value-based solutions to streamline processes and drive revenue at the co-op.

“I’m thrilled to be at PCC during such as a formative period for the co-op. I am diving in and immersing myself in this community from our dedicated staff and exceptional stores to the highly engaged membership as well as the hardworking suppliers that fill our shelves,” said Spear. “It is rare to find such values alignment with a company that measures its bottom line by more than just profits. Even as we adjust to the norms of grocery in a post pandemic landscape, I feel a sense of purpose here alongside my team and our shared commitment to economic, social, and environmental responsibility.”

The addition of Spear to the co-op follows three other top leaders that joined PCC in 2022 to form a leadership team that is two-thirds represented by women at the helm.


About PCC Community Markets

Founded in Seattle in 1953, PCC Community Markets (PCC) is a certified organic retailer and the nation’s largest community-owned food market. With an active membership of more than 115,000 members, PCC is committed to a triple bottom line that balances environmental, social and economic goals while reducing environmental impacts and giving back to its community. PCC is a haven for those who share a dedication to fresh, organic, seasonal food that is sustainably sourced from over 800 local producers, farmers, ranchers and fishers. The co-op’s mission is to ensure that good food nourishes the communities it serves, while cultivating vibrant, local, organic food systems. PCC operates 15 stores in the Puget Sound area, including the cities of Bellevue, 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.

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