PCC Community Markets

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PCC Community Markets
Consumers' cooperative
IndustryGrocery store
Founded1953 (1953)
Key people
Cate Hardy, CEO[1]
ProductsOrganic food
RevenueUSD 277.6 million (2016)[2]
MembersOver 58,000

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 twelve retail locations. Five of the eleven stores are located in Seattle (in the Fremont, Green Lake, Columbia City, View Ridge, and West Seattle neighborhoods). The West Seattle location reopened on October 2, 2019.[4] The other six are located in Issaquah, Kirkland, Burien, 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]


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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1], PCC Natural Markets, Annual Report 2016.
  2. ^ [2], PCC Natural Markets, Annual Report 2016.
  3. ^ "About PCC - PCC Community Markets". pccmarkets.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ "West Seattle - PCC Community Markets". pccmarkets.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ "PCC rebrands to emphasize its local roots". seattletimes.com. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ "About PCC - PCC Community Markets". pccmarkets.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ http://seattletimes.com/html/foodwine/2003102934_supermarkets05.html
  8. ^ http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/40395622.html
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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