PCC Community Markets (PCC), a community-owned food market and one of Seattle’s original grocers, has set May 23 as the opening date for its newest location in Burien, Washington. The new store will be the first for PCC south of Seattle. Located in the Five Corners Shopping Center at 15840 1st Avenue South, the 25,000-s.f. store will become the area’s first certified organic grocery and PCC’s first location slated to operate on 100 percent renewable energy.
PCC will bring more than 100 union jobs to the community with its Burien store, and the company will expand its charitable giving program through community partnerships with the Des Moines Food Bank and the Highline School District. PCC secured a $5,000 grant to Para Los Ninos through the co-op’s partnership with the Paul Newman Foundation.
“We are always excited to join a new community and introduce all that PCC offers to future members and new shoppers—whether that’s our fresh, sustainably sourced organic foods; community support, food donations and giving; or new job opportunities we add to the economy,” said Cate Hardy, CEO. “The passion we’ve seen for Burien PCC through letters, emails and social media posts shows the feeling is mutual, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone into the new store.”
As with PCC’s other locations, Burien PCC will celebrate products that are fresh, local, organic, sustainably sourced and seasonal. More than 95 percent of PCC’s produce selection is organic; its meats are 100 percent organic, non-GMO or grass-fed; its seafood is sustainably sourced adhering to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch standards; 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, entrées and side dishes fresh from scratch daily on-site in each store.
Additional highlights of the new store will include:
- New subscription-free, grab-and-go PCC meal kits featuring original recipes, like Sesame-Gochujang Steak with Kimchi Fried Rice & Shirred Egg, and Simple Cassoulet with Chicken and Sausage. Each kit is hand-packed in PCC kitchens and includes fresh, organic produce and non-GMO, locally raised meats along with compostable, recyclable packaging.
- A PCC Pizzeria with fresh-from-the-pizza-oven and take-and-bake pies.
- A PCC Taqueria with pork adobado, beef barbacoa, roasted squash and garbanzos, chicken verde, rice and beans, aguas frescas and freshly prepared salsas.
- A PCC Yogurt Bar featuring PCC organic grass-fed yogurt from Pure Éire Dairy, the only local, organic, non-GMO, grass-fed, animal welfare-certified yogurt of its kind, according to PCC.
- Espresso and tea beverages and freshly baked goods, such as scratch-made breakfast biscuits and the PCC “Crownie,” a chocolate chip cookie, brownie mash-up drizzled with caramel.
- A selection of Pacific Northwest-produced spirits to complement the co-op’s collection of wines and local beers and ciders.
- A 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 also offers a selection of bulk items.
- Free cookbooks to borrow from PCC’s Little Free Cookbook Library.
Burien PCC was designed to deliver on PCC’s long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility and to help reduce PCC’s carbon footprint, the company says. Tracking to LEED v4 certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, PCC has put into place systems and features to reduce lighting use by 25 percent and fresh water consumption by 45 percent annually. The store is planning to operate on 100 percent renewable energy through renewable energy credit purchases after the store opens.
Burien PCC’s grand opening celebration will kick off at 8:45 a.m. and will feature an official “pineapple cutting” with fresh, organic pineapple giveaways for the first 112 people in celebration of PCC’s 12th store. The store officially opens at 9 a.m.
With an active membership of more than 60,000 households, PCC operates 11 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 Columbia City, Fremont, Green Lake, View Ridge and West Seattle, which will reopen in 2019. The co-op also plans to open new stores in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in 2019 and Madison Valley and Downtown Seattle in 2020.