PCC Community Markets (PCC), a Seattle-based community-owned food market, plans to bring a new store to Bellevue, Washington.
Located in the Bellevue South project, at the southeast corner of N.E. 4th Street and 116th Avenue N.E., the approximately 25,000-s.f. store will open in 2020 and bring more than 100 union jobs to the surrounding community.
Bellevue will be the co-op’s fourth Eastside location, joining its long-established Kirkland, Issaquah and recently remodeled Redmond stores. The Bellevue project is one of several announced this year for the local, independent grocer, including Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood (2019) and Downtown Seattle (2020). PCC also will open a Madison Valley store in 2020 and reopen its West Seattle store in 2019; the co-op welcomed shoppers to the Burien PCC on May 23. In total, PCC will grow from 11 stores today to 16 stores by 2020.
“Bellevue holds a special place in our region’s food history dating back to the 1800s when the town, rich with orchards, vegetable patches and berry farms, provided fresh produce to the rapidly growing city of Seattle,” said Cate Hardy, PCC CEO. “That same love of fresh food cultivated by local producers is what feeds our co-op, literally and figuratively.”
The Bellevue PCC will be located just down the hill from the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail and will feature the PCC Taqueria; made-from-scratch pizza; daily-made grab-and-go sandwiches; freshly baked scones, biscuits and other pastries; and full-service meat and seafood. In addition to beer, wine and ciders, Bellevue PCC also will carry a curated selection of local craft spirits, hand-selected by Seattle Magazine’s 2017 Wine Steward of the Year.
As with PCC’s other locations, the Bellevue store will celebrate products that are fresh, local, organic, sustainably sourced and seasonal, the company says. 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, hot entrées and side dishes fresh from scratch daily onsite in the PCC Kitchen.
PCC also prides itself on having “among the highest product standards in the country.” The co-op stocks its shelves with products made without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, nanotechnology or synthetic biology. For its health and body care products, PCC turns away more than 500 ingredients allowed at other retailers.
As a community-owned organization, PCC says it is dedicated to returning a healthy share of its profits back to the neighborhoods in which it operates. In 2017, PCC gave nearly 50 percent of after-tax earnings to members and returned more than 10 percent to the communities it serves. With the opening of the Bellevue store, PCC also will expand its food bank initiative, grocery rescue programs, local donations and school fundraising to the Bellevue area.