PCC Community Markets will open its 14th store on June 17 in Seattle’s Central District. As with all its stores, this one will reflect its community with an art installation by local artist Jite Agbro and a partnership with Byrd Barr Place, a new member to the co-op’s food bank program, which addresses food and nutrition needs in the neighborhood.
“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, CEO of Byrd Barr Place, Seattle. “Having a partner like this that we can rely on will have a meaningful impact in our community.”
The new store also will feature PCC staples such as a full-service meat and seafood department, with products that are sustainably sourced and cut to order; PCC’s own private label collection of 12 product lines sourced from local producers; and made-from-scratch deli offerings that can be taken to go.
PCC veteran, Tim Tackett, was named the Central District store director. He 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 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.