PCC Community Markets

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PCC Community Markets
Consumers' cooperative
Industry Grocery store
Founded 1953 (1953)
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, United States
Key people
Cate Hardy, CEO[1]
Products Organic food
Revenue USD 277.6 million (2016)[2]
Members Over 58,000
Website www.pccmarkets.com

PCC Community Markets is a food cooperative based in Seattle, Washington. With over 58,000 members, it is the largest consumer-owned food cooperative in the United States.[3] Both members and non-members may shop at the retail locations, but members receive certain discounts. The organization currently operates eleven retail locations. Six of the eleven stores are located in Seattle (in the Fremont, Green Lake, Columbia City, View Ridge, and West Seattle neighborhoods). The West Seattle is closed for redevelopment.[4] It will reopen in mid-to-late 2019. The other five are located in Issaquah, Kirkland, Bothell, Redmond, and Edmonds.

PCC was started in 1953 and continues to function member-owned and operated. The members govern through established bylaws and yearly elect a Board of Trustees who represent the interests of the members. Like other grocery cooperatives, the profits from the retail store operations go directly back into the stores or to the community (through classes, education or charitable efforts).

PCC, originally Puget Consumers Co-op, became PCC Natural Markets in 1998 and PCC Community Markets in 2017.[5]

Current PCC programs include:

Relationship with Central Co-op[edit]

In 1978, Capitol Hill Co-op dissolved for financial reasons and, in keeping with the principle that co-operatives cooperate with other cooperatives, PCC agreed to provide technical and financial assistance to the Central Co-op to replace it.[6]

Pricing[edit]

According to Consumers' Checkbook magazine, PCC's prices for the limited number of comparable items available were higher than the big-chain average.[7][8] However, the quality of PCC's fresh produce and meat received very high scores. The prices of organic food at PCC were about the same as the average prices at other stores in the Puget Sound area.[9]

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