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PCC coming to downtown Seattle

Views of Rainier Square from Fourth Avenue and Union Street.. (Renderings courtesy of Wright Runstad & Company)

Beloved local grocery co-op PCC Community Markets announced Friday it will open a new location into downtown Seattle's Rainier Square tower.

It's both a big development for PCC and for a downtown core that has historically been short on grocery stores, though that's becoming less true as Whole Foods and Target have cropped up recently.

The downtown flagship store will take up 20,000 square feet in Rainier Square, where Amazon and Equinox fitness clubs will also open. It will occupy the block between Union and University streets and Fourth and Fifth avenues.

PCC is set to open in mid-2020, according to a press release on the move. It is expected to bring about 100 new union jobs.

PCC continues to expand and will open a few more stores before the Rainier Square spot debuts. A Burien location is set to open this spring and a Ballard store is scheduled for 2019. A Madison Valley outpost is slated for 2020. A remodeled West Seattle shop will reopen next year.

The Rainier Square tower will become Seattle's second-tallest building and offer 722,000 square feet of office space, 188 luxury apartment and nearly 80,000 square feet of retails space. A seven-story underground parking garage will also come with it. A "luxury-lifestyle" hotel will also be added to the space.

So its occupants can afford the relatively higher prices at the co-op.

PCC was founded in Seattle in 1953 and is known as the United States' largest co-operative food market with more than 58,000 members. It now operates 10 stores in the Seattle area.

SeattlePI is a KOMO News partner. You can read this story at SeattlePI here.

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